Friday, August 31, 2012

Pride of the KY State Fair

Last weekend we went up to the Kentucky State Fair to watch the Simmental Open Show. For many years I exhibited heifers and steers at the State Fair. Of course, you would have to be up at the fair on like a Tuesday and stay until Sunday. It ended up being a long, long stay.

These days we haven't took cattle to the State Fair since 2009. One day of the state fair is about all I can take. Which means I have to fit all my wonderful fair food cravings into one day.

One of the things I love about the Kentucky State Fair is the Commodity Tent. There you can buy food from the Agriculture organizations of Kentucky.

Cheese Fries from the Kentucky Pork Producers

Chicken Nuggets from the Kentucky Poultry

Corn Shack

Fried Veggies from the Midway

And for us it wouldn't be a trip to the Kentucky State Fair without a trip to check out the exhibits. Drew and I always check out all the fruits and veggies.

And this year the Champion Country Ham sold for $300,000!

As the state fairs are winding down, did you attend and what were your favorite parts?

High Five for Friday

We have been on the road most of the week. Traveling around looking at cows, taking some photos and videos before we headed to North Carolina for our sale. It has been a fun, interesting, and entertaining couple of days. Here are a few shots from our travels.

1. We visited this cute little apple orchard called Showalter's near Timberville, VA. I believe these are red delicious apples. The trees were full of apples.

2. After we met the super, nice owners and purchased two 1/2 pecks of apples, I took this one off a tree.

3. We were following our client to another one of her farms and ended up 4,400 up on top of a mountain.

4. Another one of the amazing views!

5. Last night we went to eat at this little place called Pirate's Landing. This was a Pinterest inspired collage on the wall using silver platters. A great use for all the silver I have won over the years showing cattle.

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend! Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thankful Thursday

H Imaging 

Have a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life. 

For awhile now, Drew and I have been working on starting our own little photography and videography business. We bought a video camera last summer and did our first "real" shoot ( I would call it) last October. Since then we've done some videos here and there for some of our consignors at DP Sales Management sales.

For years I have looked up to and admired some of the great cattle photographers. And taking pictures and having them run beside some of those peoples' still scares me. We attended Christy Collin's marketing seminar in May, and boy was that helpful! After that we've made some upgrades to our equipment and gained valuable information.

I am grateful for anyone that gives us a chance to take a video or picture of their cattle. We are by no means trying to make it big in this area, but we do it together and we enjoy it. I am so thankful everyday that God led me to a man that enjoys Agriculture, beef cattle, and the Simmental breed as much as I do.

So who knows where we will go from here. But I do know that we will have our camera and video camera in hand.

Owned by Beth Tartt

Friday, August 24, 2012

High Five for Friday

I didn't get a chance to do it last week so I am kind of high-fiving two weeks.

We finally got Drew's old bed put in the guest room plus new bedding from Target! It looks like a brand new room! 

Because we have been home, I have been rocking it out in the kitchen. Banana Foster Tart. Looks yum, huh?

At the Peddler's Mall this week we found a whole bunch of these dishes which Drew's Mamaw had when he was a kid. We have a few of her pieces. And now we have a few more. :)

My dogs love tomatoes!

Celebrating One Year with Scentsy this week!
Check out my Thankful Thursday post. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Wish there was scratch and sniff. 

One year ago yesterday I began selling Scentsy. I was looking for something to do on the side, but wanted it to be a product I a) liked myself and b) that wasn't overwhelming in our area. This one just seemed to be a good fit for me. 

I received my first Scentsy as a wedding present. I didn't know what it was, so when I opened it, I broke the bulb. It sat around forever unused because I didn't know to buy a new bulb at Wal-Mart or buy one from a independent consultant. Once we finally fixed the light bulb and starting using it - well, we loved it! Now we have one in every room. 

I enjoy independence to do what I want, when I want. I like it and my customers seem to like it. Score! It seems like these days more and more people are turning to independent consultant items for the freedom to do what they want - make their own schedule, or stay home with their kids. 

Now on for my shameless plug - if you are needing some Scentsy please visit my personal website to order. Most of the catalog is 10% off to make room for the new items coming Sept. 1. The Fall/Winter catalog will be available to order from September 1. I can set you up to have a party through my website, so no matter where you are you can get awesome stuff. 

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10% off until August 31

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Agriculture makes Kathie Lee and Hoda

Ag featured on NBC

If you are a Kathie Lee and Hoda watcher as I am, you have probably seen the segments where they send Sara Haines out into New York City to do different jobs. She has made pickles, been a ball girl, etc.  Sara, however, is originally from Iowa where she spent her summers de-tassling corn.

I, personally, have never de-tasseled corn, but one of our clients in Nebraska runs a de-tassling business. In the summer, he employees literally thousands of young people to de-tassel corn. They bus them in on school buses, and have to have so many porta-pots in a certain distance within where the kids are working.

So, the other day when they shared Sara's story about de-tassling corn in Iowa, I was excited. One because I know someone who runs this type of business, and two they were featuring an Agriculture story on Kathie Lee and Hoda.

Take a moment and click on the link below for a little Agricultural lesson on de-tassling. I feel that since it is Kathie Lee and Hoda that you should probably watch the video with a glass of wine.

Sara Haines from Kathie Lee and Hoda de-tassels corn


Thankful Thursday

Sometimes you just have to laugh

I truly almost forgot that today was Thursday, therefore it was Thankful Thursday. And to tell you the truth I was feeling a little blah today. Then I watched Kathie Lee and Hoda. 

Enjoy this video and be thankful for laughter and humor today. 

3 Golden Sisters on Olympic Synchronized Swimming

Monday, August 13, 2012

SPICE Up Your Life!

Happy Monday Blog Buddies! Sadly, when you turn on the television today, there will be no tumbling, rowing, swimming, or running from the Olympics. I'll admit I was pretty sad yesterday when the final events were happening. But you know what I was excited about? The Closing Ceremonies? You know why? The SPICE GIRLS!!!

I don't know how I missed it, but I found on Twitter earlier in the week that the Spice Girls were set to perform. I was pretty excited because I used to be a Spice Girls groupie. I believe I was in the 5th grade when the Spice Girls were at their peak. I had the cassette tape. My friends and I dressed up as them in 5th grade for school. I was Sporty Spice. My VERY first concert was...the Spice Girls! My mom and I along with some other friends and their moms all went to Cincinnati to Riverbend to see them. We sat on the lawn dressed as the Spice Girls, singing and dancing.

Nevertheless, when they hit the telly last night I was singing and dancing just like I was in 5th grade. It also gave me the urge to watch their movie. I wonder how much it is on Amazon?

I thought they all looked exactly the same still after all these years. It is hard to believe that Victoria Beckham was a Spice Girl now that she is super famous and married to the ever handsome David Beckham.

Anyone else catch the Spice Girls last night and have some awesome memories like me?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday? High Five!

It is Friday again!

We have been home all this week which means catching up on household things and having the opportunity to do a few little things I have wanted to do!

1. I have cooked dinner every night this week, but one. I am pretty pumped about that. I even got the opportunity to try out some new recipes!

PF Chang's CopyCat Mongolian Beef

2. I have been crafting! I knocked out a good solid evening of crafting and did another small project another day. I love my little craft area Drew made for me in the basement, and it helps me to de-stress and enjoy!

3. My parent's celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this week! High Five for them!

4. The Pioneer Woman is back on Food Network. Every Saturday morning. Makes me happy and hungry!

5. My sweet Granny has been having lots of health problems lately. Nothing to High Five about, but I ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers. My night I didn't cook was because we were at the hospital with her. She is a fabulous cook, and a wonderful woman!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Home. Sweet. Home.

A few weeks ago, we celebrated our one year anniversary of buying our very first home as a married couple. We were renters when we were engaged and about a year into our marriage. We were so busy that I totally forgot the anniversary of buying our little home on Sunset.

It was a BIG step, a scary one, and a very long process, but I am so happy with where we ended up. It isn't always the cheapest thing with payments, household expenses, and household projects, but it is ours and I love that.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sportsmanship Still Exists

There are a lot of great stories from the Olympics. Stories of success, defeat, hard work, and perseverance. The Olympics inspire us. You hear a lot of stories about the athletes who claim medals, but we don't always hear about the people that place below the medals.

The other night I was getting my daily dose of the Olympics when a story came on was truly inspiring. A man by the name of Hamadou Djibo Issaka from Niger was competing in the rowing sculls. He had only taken up the sport 4 months prior to the game, and had only tried out rowing a week before. Niger is in the desert. There is no place to row. Well, I guess you could, but you just wouldn't get anyway.

He started the race behind, and he stayed that way the entire time. Though the rest of the pack was way ahead of him, he kept going. And the crowd got behind him. They cheered and clapped until he made it to the finish line. A whole minute after the top end.

Check out the race here

He never quite. Whether it was pride for his country or himself, it was amazing story to never give up - no matter what.

Friday, August 3, 2012

High Five for Friday!

I missed last week's High Five for Friday because I was out of town. So this week I wanted to make sure that I was on top of my game to get my post done.

- Olympics: If you saw my earlier post about the Olympics, you know my excitement and obession with the Summer Games. I love them. The pride, guts, agony, and glory have me glued to the television and my twitter account.

- Genetic Connection Sale: We are getting back into the swing of Simmental Sale season. Our first sale this weekend is in Mooresville, Alabama. Time to get back to work and make some money!

- I sold my first item on EBay this week. I sold this JCrew bracelet that I purchased back in 2008, but have never worn. I hope the girl in California enjoys it!

- Thursday we had the opportunity to take some videos and look at some cattle. Nothing makes you happier than looking at cattle. It has a sense of peace for me.

- Wednesday night we met one of our clients in Nashville for dinner. Sperry's is a great restaurant that we always stop at when we come home from this sale. They have great steaks, homemade salad dressings, and yummy Lobster Truffle Mac & Cheese!

- I have jumped on the bubble necklace craze. I have a yellow one from JCrew that my best friend Lauren got for me at the Outlet. This week I received a package from ILY Couture with my new turquoise bubble necklace.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, August 1st was National Girlfriends Day. I feel very fortunate to have some great girlfriends both near and far. I will be the first to admit that I am probably not always the best friend. We all get busy in our day to day lives, but I hope that my girlfriends always know that I am there for them!

So today, a day late is all about my girlfriends! Those here in Kentucky and those all over the United States that I have the pleasure of calling my friend!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Olympics

Who hasn't been glued to their television this week to watch Team USA battle it out for medals? I have been glued to Twitter to get results from NBC, the US Olympic Team, and any other television personality who will get me my fix. I know that London is 5 hours ahead of us, but I feel better knowing what has happened and then watching it later.

Four years ago in Beijing I was fascinated with the whole Michael Phelps story, and have been engrossed this year as he set out to make history as the most decorated Olympian with 19 metals.

Then to top it off you have other swimmers such as Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte who are rockin' in the pool.

Of course as a little girl I remember watching the 1996 USA team that won gold. I took 2 classes of gymnastics at Town and Village Dance Studio when I was a little girl, and of course I thought I could be in the Olympics. How about no!? A girl can dream right? I felt so bad for Jordyn Weiber the other night when her All Around dreams were crushed, so I was so happy last night when they won team gold. They rocked, didn't they?

The other morning as I was getting ready in Louisville, I turned out the men's road race in cycling. And man I was hooked. They rode for 6 hours up and down Box Hill. The cyclists are suppose to keep hydrated and energized every 10 minutes. Aids on the side of the road were handing them cross body lightweight sacks for them to take on board with them that was filled with energy bars for refuel. Not that I will ever be a cycler, but I found it pretty fascinating.

By far my favorite part of the Olympics was that special few moments in the Opening Ceremonies that the Queen and her royal Corgis were on the screen. Because 1) I think the Queen is fabulous 2) I love me some Corgis!

I am excited for the Olympics to continue on for the next few weeks. Anthony Davis, former UK basketball player and #1 pick in the NBA draft is on Team USA, so I am keeping a close watch on them as they continue their domination. Plus one of the best runners on Team USA, Gay, is a Lexington native!

How exciting are these times? They make you have a wonderful sense of pride for your country. It brings everyone together!