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5 ways to combat stress: with Debonair Bandit.



Hello! I am Mandi and I blog over at {Debonair Bandit} Here and I have a fun shop on Etsy Here. I am a stay at home momma to two sweet little girls and wife to the awesome Mr. Durborough. I am a lover of crafts and carry this passion to create beautiful things. I am constantly evolving myself and bettering this one beautiful life I have to live. Today I get to talk a little bit about stress and some alternate methods to handle our stress. I want to thank the amazing Brooke for having on her wonderful blog. I have been a fan for a quite some time and being on here is truly amazing and such an honor. 

Stress comes at all of us and usually just when things are getting good in life. Lately in my life, stress seems to be coming at me from every angle. To be honest it has been hard to handle. I can't sleep, my shoulders are so tense that they are starting to spasm with pain. I keep breaking out in hives through out the day and sometimes I even feel like crying {which is not something I don't do much of}. Not to mention I recently started having panic attacks {small ones} and go to bed every night with a migraine. Basically I am a mess when it comes to my body handling stress.

I have a doctor's appointment that I have been waiting for 2 months now and it's in 14 days!!! However, I need some help now even if it only helps for a little bit. 

I know that most people would say, take a day off and relax or sleep in, or go work out etc. Everyone has ideas including my personal favorite "why don't you quit or eliminate some of the stress". Haha. As a stay at home mother too two little kids under 3 {my oldest daughter whom was just diagnosed with autism}, owning a business and being in charge of caring for the home just like so many women out there I am unable to take any more stress away. 

Those people just don't understand that parents can't just get away when they need to, and can't eliminate everything because it's hard. We grow up and realize that things just aren't simple anymore. 

Mean while, I have been trying every kind of stress relieving method out there. Most did not work and most I couldn't even try. However, a few kept me calm enough so I didn't have any panic attacks and I didn't cry the days I did these.  

5 Ways to Combat Stress


#1 Pop a headphone in, blast music and clean. When I say clean, I mean scrub, you know 'put some elbow in it'. I took all my stress and worry and to-do lists to the kitchen counters, to the 'need to be mopped' floors. I spent 3 hours deep cleaning and by the end of it, I had cleaned out some of the stress while boosting my endorphin's making me happier. Not to mention burning calories and my house was spotless. I think that this was the best method of all the ones I tried. 


#2 Made special moments. Turned up some super happy music and danced with my girls in the living room until they were over it. I also made a half hour of time and just snuggled with the kids while we watched a movie before I was back to my to-do list. Making the kids happy is what made me happy. 


#3 Kissing! Yes, I said it. Make out with your husband, boyfriend, girlfriend.We kissed until we were feeling fairy tale happy. By time we were over it, I felt young again and for some reason that relaxed me a bit. Plus it was fun seeing the look on my husbands face when I said "Hey I am stressed wanna make out"?


#4 Praying. Even if you aren't religious just closing your eyes and asking a higher power for help can give you a sense of confidence to handle life. Knowing that God is there to back you. After I pray I always envision God behind me as we look onto our day, then God says "Don't worry, I've got your back" 


#5 Check out Pinterests humor section. I had like 10 minutes of free time and so I decided to try and laugh but I couldn't watch a movie and I was in a room with 2 kids who couldn't talk so I looked up humor on Pinterest and most of the pins had me rolling-on-the-floor-laughing. I was happier and not as tense for a few hours! 

Thank you so much for guesting with me today Mandi! 
You are making this move so much easier on me! 
Love yer face! 
Linking up HERE!


the "lucky me" project.


Hey Yall!! We are doing our final inspection on the house today. Now we are officially homeless. Ahhh! But never fear, we've done the "homeless stage" many times before. We've got this. Here today, filling in for me, is my gorgeous friend and Featured Sponsor, Tif of Ramblings of a Southern Belle. Love me some Tif. 
Luv, B

Source: via Brooke on Pinterest
 Lucky Penny Necklace by Curiously Sappy

Hey y'all!  I am thrilled to be guest posting here today!  And even more than that...I would love to share with you the "Lucky Me" Project that I am starting in my home!

How many of you actually use your pennies anymore? Mine...well they go into a jug only to be brought out for the "real money" when it's full! The other day I was sitting on my bed watching TV and I looked at the jar. "Hmmm...I wonder how many people have had those pennies?" "I wonder how many "moments" in time have they been witness to?" Then I had a thought..."You know...each one of those pennies were pressed into life every single year. I wonder if there are years that I can remember things that happened then?"

So...I poured out the jug and started looking at the pennies...there were some from the 40's, 50's, 60's and then it hit me! "Wouldn't it be cool to find all the pennies with corresponding years to the major events in my life and turn them into an heirloom charm bracelet?" Can you imagine passing that down? The year you were born, your spouse was born, when you met, when you got married, when your child(ren) were born...and so on! You could even include major moments in history that you were a witness to! I am so pumped about this that I sifted through my pennies and found:

1969 - The year my sweet hubby was born
1970 - The year I was born
1987 - The year we started dating
1988 - Graduation
1989 - The year I got married and my son was born
And I have so many more to go!

There are endless possibilities! I am going to sit down and remember those special moments...Y'ALL KNOW HOW I AM ABOUT MY TREASURED MEMORIES NOW! LOL!
Ramblings of a Southern Belle
Anyway...I'm going find pennies with the year of major moments in my lifetime...then I'm going to do just what I said...turn it into a charm bracelet! Adding to it when my son gets married, my grandchildren, 25th anniversary. I am also going to get a tiny journal that I will keep with the bracelet (when I'm not wearing it) so that when I'm gone...others will know what those dates meant! Doesn't that sound fun? And just will be re-purposing pennies that are often overlooked...except for the ones that you find for good luck...HEY and if those bring you good luck...put them on the bracelet too! I guess you could ALSO do a necklace if you choose to as well!

I know there are penny bracelets that you can find online...but why? Make your own...put your own stamp on it! I so hope you will give it a go...and when I get enough to get started on my bracelet...I will do a tutorial on how to make it! Memories...they are not just for this generation...if we don't share them...what good are they?

Thank you sweet Brooke for letting me guest post here...I love it here! Much love to y'all! Be blessed!


Thank you so much for this Tif. I love this idea! 
I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open for 
those special pennies from now on! 

Linking up HERE!


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