Monday, August 25, 2014

How to survive 18 years of marriage, the ultimate DIY project!

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10 Year wedding Anniversary

This will not be a typical NoBull Vintage post. I would say marriage is the ultimate DIY project. So, in honor of my upcoming 18 year wedding anniversary. I would like to answer the most often asked question I get. 
"How do you do it?"
Adam and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage this weekend. It has been an absolutely incredible 18 years.

 We've celebrated the highest of highs (I believe we'd agree that the birth of three beautiful and healthy children top that list), and endured some very lows. But, no matter what we face we always face it together. Things are not always blissful or easy. I think what helps us stay strong is that we have always chosen to wait out the storms and hold on to those blissful moments during hard times. We don't make impulsive decisions about our relationship or our family. We have chosen forgiveness over harboring anger. We have chosen to wrap our arms around each other instead of pointing fingers. There have been tough times and I'm not too naive to believe there won't be any more. I also know there are a stellar amount of good moments to be had.

age 16
I appreciate that when my own children ask me who my first love was I can honestly and easily look across the room and say he's right there. We lean on our faith during times of weakness and we lean on each other. We spend more time together than apart. We still hold hands and kiss. We give compliments and say thank you. Of course, we get angry and disagree and it has taken many years to grow up enough to walk away. We've seen so many failed marriages and we do our best to listen and learn from others experiences. We try and surround ourselves with people who are supportive of our marriage. It can be very difficult when you have negative influences pulling you apart. We make an effort to do things the other enjoys, while also allowing one another to have personal time. Parenting can also put a lot of pressure on a marriage. We try to discuss everything between the two of us before talking with the children so that we are on the same page. We are very supportive of each other and we have worked very hard to be where we are today. We are both very proud of all we've been through and how we've managed to make it this far. Who knew 18 years later we'd be happier as a couple than we've ever been. So, I suppose my simple answer to the question "how do you do it?" would be Endurance, Forgiveness, Love,  & Affection. Still with all that said there is no magic answer. We feel so blessed to have made it this far and can only pray that our marriage is strong enough to stand the test of time. We are grateful to all who have stood beside us and supported us through the years. Happy anniversary to us and cheers to many more!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Fall Barn Sale/ Market Season

Well friends the fall barn sale/market season is fast approaching. So if your looking for unique, one of a kind, artisan gifts, jewelry, art, clothing or home decor, it is time! There are so many of these sales out there now. I wanted to give a personal testament to a few of my favorites. The most logical way to begin seems to be by date.

The first on my faves list is The Strawberry Patch which will be held on September 4-6. The Strawberry Patch or "TSP" as it's come to be called takes place on the beautiful 200 acre Starlite farm in Hartsville, TN. It is said to be the first of it's kind in the world of barn sales. While I can't be absolutely certain of that, I can tell you it is definitely one of the most unique and beautiful. Though I have never been a vendor myself, I have been a shopper on several occasions and the vendors are always top notch. Hand selected by the host Christie Jo, these talented artisans are always a pleasure to see. The setting is as amazing as the goods. So this is one shopping trip you should gather up some friends and head out to experience.

The second on my list of faves is oh so near and dear to my heart♥. Sweet Tea & Shopping will be having their Fall Frenzy September 19th & 20th. This over the top barn sale and market place is where NoBull Vintage started as a "barn sale" vendor. I was blessed beyond words with this event. Sweet Tea & Shopping is always so much more than shopping, it is a family friendly event. It is by far my favorite location of all the sales I've ever shopped or participated in. It is all held at Bottom View farm in Portland, TN. Bottom View farm has a wide range of family activities from ziplines, to a petting zoo of farm animals, fishing, pedal tractors and playgrounds. When you participate in this sale you feel like you're part of a family and there are no better parents than Julia & Micheal. The phenomenal duo are hosts of this massive affair. They do a stellar job putting on this event in what I consider "the little town" on Bottom View Farm. There is always entertainment, food galore, and vendors that are always bringing the latest and greatest in unique high quality, hand made, re-purposed, artisan items. You'll find a massive selection of soaps, clothing, snacks, furniture, home decor, art, and so much more. My entire family LOVES this event and I guarantee you won't leave wanting.

The third on my list is The Hayloft at Port Royal bringing you their fall sale October 2nd - 4th. This sale is always a shoppers paradise. This is not just a great sale for shoppers but for vendors as well. I've actually had people say to me "wow your're doing the Hayloft?" "You're in the big leagues now!" That's a huge compliment to Mrs. Shirley the fabulous, kind, & gracious, host of this spectacular sale. This barn sale is located in Shirley's very own barn in Clarkville, TN and yes some of the vendors are actually located up in the hayloft. This barn is two levels of beautifully stocked and decorated booths. The choice of vendors is always an eclectic & gifted mix of artists and crafters with high quality items to offer. Now, don't eat before you come either. Just come grab a seat at the picnic table and enjoy some good eats while taking in a little musical entertainment. This event is always stocked with talent, food and music. It is a must do this fall! So, load up the car with friends but save some room because you most definitely won't come home empty handed from The Hayloft at Port Royal.

Last on my list but most certainly not least is Sweet Ila Mae's. This sale overlaps with Haylofts weekend but goes on through Sunday so it's October 3rd - 5th. What a great excuse to make this a shopping weekend in October! I love it. This sale was a diamond in the rough for me. It is in Quebeck, TN. Well, if you ain't from there you certainly won't know where it is. When we first arrived I thought "oh me, oh my, what have I gotten in to". Well, I'll tell ya what, pure awesomeness, that's what. Rolling hills of country side, the most tantalizing southern fare, and unique, hand crafted, one of a kind items galore. Sweet Ila Mae's is hosted by two of the sweetest gals you'll ever meet. Rachel & Megan who happen to be sisters to boot. These ladies are the epitome of down home southern hospitality. This barn sale may be a day trip for you as it was for me but I highly recommend you make the trip. I'd even hitch up those trailers because even if you're a window shopper you're sure to find more than one thing you can't live without at Sweet Ila Mae's Barn Sale.

So, even though there are many more excellent sales for you to add to your list these are simply some of my favorites! Sometime the draw for me is the food, sometime the entertainment, sometimes it's location, but It's always the friends I make when visiting any one of these events. If you want more information on other sales in and around Tennessee please feel free to message me of follow me on facebook and We are always posting about local events in the area. Including our very own An Artisan Affair held in June in Murfreesboro, TN. Mark your calendars for these events and don't forget to tell 'em NoBull Vintage sent cha!

Happy shopping ya'll

Friday, August 15, 2014


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Easy family meal. Mamas Cornbread Fixins

Okay so I have no idea where I came up with this. It had been a very long day. The family was hungry and I did not want to get back out and go to the grocery. I went to the pantry gathered some things together and what do you know!? The family Loved It! They insisted I share it with you and I think I shall.
We'll start with ingredients:
2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 can Lucks great Northern Beans
1 can Lucks mixed white beans
1 value size jar Heinz home style roasted turkey gravy
1 4oz package cubed roasted Pancetta
1lb ground turkey
Dried chopped onions
Old bay seasoning
Chopped roasted garlic
This recipe fed our family of five with a serving left over. 

Start by mixing the two boxes of jiffy mix according to box directions. (But cook in a 9x13 pan)
Next put about a half a teaspoon of your roasted garlic in a skillet. I used our cast iron for this. As you see the garlic start to lightly brown add your ground turkey. Cook until cooked through. Then add your pancetta.
After about 5 mins of cooking pancetta and turkey I added salt, pepper and old bay. I did not measure just did it to taste.
    Let simmer with seasonings 2 to 3 minutes. 

Strain your beans and add them to your meat.
   Then stir in gravy. Let simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until it thickens to your likeness. Remember     to stir occasionally.
Remove corn bread from oven.
Cut into squares. 
Place on plate, slice down center so it lays open on the plate and add your bean and meat mix on top.
You have just made Mamas cornbread fixins. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did!

Chat with ya'll soon,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Thirsty much?

Hi ya'll
Just wanted to share a quick post about my latest favorite thing. I'm trying so hard to drink water as often as possible. I like water, I truly enjoy it. My drink of choice at resturaunts is even water with lemon. Somehow I still know I don't drink enough. So the other day while cleaning out the weeks left overs from the fridge I noticed we had quite a bit of fruit that needed to be used ASAP. There was half a honey dew melon, half a basket of blueberries, a few strawberries, and a handful of blackberries. I thought what will I do with all this. The family was over all of it and there wasn't enough really for any baking recipes I had. Then it hit me! Flavored water! YUMMY!
I've purchased stuff to do this before but I've never used the left over fruits we already had before. The last few strawberries or blueberries always just went to waste. Never Again! I through a few strawberries in a mason jar added ice and shook it up to muddle and used a tiny bit of lemon to keep it fresh. I put it in the fridge and the next day it was delicious!!! I used the honey dew, and all the berries seperately and they were all great. This is just a great way to use things in the fride that would normally go to waste and it keeps the taste buds entertained as well! I'm drinking more water than ever. Oh and the kids are too!! Now how's that for awesome. That's my latest favorite thing!

I hope y'all all try this and enjoy it!
Chat with y'all soon,