September 24, 2013

Sponsored Video: The C word.

This is a sponsored video and post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 The "C" word.

 Just hearing the word can make me cringe and send chills down my spine. Why? Directly in my life, I have had friends, co-workers and family who have been directly effected by the c word. In of last year, I received a phone call from my dad telling me the news that my mom had thyroid cancer. She did not want to tell me because she knew I would worry. Um, yeah? I immediately became frantic and wanted to know as many details as possible. What kind it was, about how long had it been there, could it be removed, what stage was it and every other "C" word question that I could think of. It was terrifying to hear those words. An instant amount of gratitude and humbling appreciation for my mother came over me. All I could think about was how hard and long she has worked for years to care for our family along with my dad. They always made sure we had the best of things, putting the children before themselves always. What would I do without my mom? My mom is my best friend. I call her everyday, sometimes multiple times a day to cry, to laugh, to vent because I know she is the best and only person I want to share those conversations with. What would I do without my best friend and more importantly, my mother? Who would hold my hand when I delivered our first baby and who would pick up the phone to answer the world's most random questions about life, cooking, house problems and babies? 

Thankfully, although still a type of cancer, my mom was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the cancer known as the "cancer you want to have." It is fully treatable and when caught in the early stages can be just a bump in the road for you instead of a road block. Mom continue to visit the doctor and had a surgery scheduled the ONLY week that I could NOT make it home to North Carolina. Of course, right? Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck that week! But I prayed about much I could pray, until I couldn't pray anymore...and then I prayed some more! I prayed for mom and for her doctors and the nurses. I prayed for my dad and I prayed for everyone else that I knew was just as worried as me about my mom. The amazing doctors worked their magic. She had surgery to remove the cancer and they successfully did in fact remove 100% of it. They also had to check her lymph nodes to ensure that the cancer cells had not spread. They ensured also through a biopsy pre-surgery that the cells had not spread but eventually took out the lymph nodes while in surgery anyways to be 100% sure. Then, they set my mom up for radiation. After mom's first visit back to the doctor, a post biopsy revealed that she would not even need radiation! Talk about a blessing! 

 You see, I have had friends who have lost their mothers and lost their fathers to the "C" word. Some who have lost aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends to the "C" word. In somehow, shape or form, everyone has known someone who has been effected by this disease... I could never live without my mom. Through the process of her diagnosis, treatment and recovery, my appreciation and love grew immensely and more than I ever thought it could for my mom. I would go to the end of the Earth to do anything to help my mom and now hope to become an avid donator and supporter for all types of cancer and the people it directly effects. 

 For 100 years, the American Cancer Society has led the fight against cancer finding cures, giving support, and saving lives. 60 years ago, 1 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer survived at least 5 years. Today, thanks in part to the work of the American Cancer Society, 2 out of 3 will survive. We won't stop until we make it 3 out of 3. The American Cancer Society has a proven track record of supporting the best ideas of the brightest cancer researchers. We've been part of nearly every major cancer breakthrough in recent history, and have 46 Nobel Laureates to show for it. There's still more work to be done - 100's of research studies went unfunded while 577,000 Americans died of cancer this year. Cancer thrives on silence, complacency, and business as usual. Only action will finish the fight. Let's make some noise and let your voices be heard!

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September 3, 2013

Downstairs home tour

This will be a quick post because I need to get to bed. A few of you on the Home by Ally Facebook page have been asking for a home tour for SO long. And since I announced a few days ago that we BOUGHT a house here in Florida, why not be better late than never and show you our full down stairs in our rental. Hehe.

Below is the kitchen that you have seen before I'm sure. We worked with what we had and added as much character as we possibly could fit into this builder grade, boring, yawn kitchen. :)

I always stare in this kitchen and think about how amazing it would have been with just a few minor tweaks like a chandelier, hardwood floors, stainless appliances and coveted white cabinets. Bead board ceilings and a farmhouse sink... seriously, what were they thinking, am I right?

Below is the empire dresser I got a month or two ago? It has been a few different colors already. I really wanna do a unique hand painted front to it but I'm waiting until we move to decide since I will probably use this beauty in our guest bedroom.

Here's a close up on the knobs. I loved these so much at Hobby Lobby, I had to get them! And sure enough, I found the perfect piece for them. For now, at least.

We had friends over this past weekend so Ryan treated me to some fresh hydrangeas from our local market. You would have thought I won a million dollars when I saw them.

The gates were purchased at HomeGoods a few months back. I knew instantly I wanted them because of their height. My lovely boxwood wreathes flank each one.

Oh this shaker style buffet... oh what a beauty! And in amazing condition. And sadly, will not fit in our next house. So... I've got to enjoy her or him...all of three weeks and sadly have to sell! But oh my goodness, someone is going to get soooooo lucky getting this beauty! All original and in excellent condition, oh my! If you are interested, please email me through homebyally{at}

Don't mind my crooked shot here. Or my naked picture frames hung horizontal instead of vertical. Don't judge me, mkay!

Just purchased this at our local antique mall where I have a booth! Come visit at 1240 Sarno Road, Melbourne, FL. I PROMISE you won't be disappointed. I pinky promise!

I'm also going to be selling this chandelier. Again, email me if you are interested. I'll be posting everything on Facebook as well.

I love a sweet little vignette including this one in our powder room off of the dining room. 

Nothing too special. I did have a boxwood wreath hanging on this but took it down.

The essentials, good magazines and the paper! Nice.

I feel like our living room is so bare bones and always has been. I added the mirror a few months back too. I love it and all of it's chunkiness. And I still love my lamps. And I'm looking for more just like them. I am officially obsessed, darn it. Or perhaps that was my husband that just said darn it ;)

Little dog apparently didn't wanna be in the photo. Yes, I watermarked that.

Such a dork. He told me he was obsessed with bones. And his mini stairs.

This beauty of a tv stand went very fast on Facebook. I hope it went to a good home :) We enjoyed her while we had her and it's such a gorgeous, functional piece of furniture!

Told you it would be short. Hope you enjoy a small peek into this house... but I really can't wait to show y'all pictures of the new house! Hubby and I looked at a few and walked into this one and I knew. I was DEAD set on GETTING a fixer. But we didn't. And I'll tell you more about that later. Oh! And it's a semi-historic house? Built in 1957, haha! Just like my grandmothers old house in North Carolina that my mom now has and will be hubby and I's when we move back home... I think that's why we fell in love with this one so much...yada, yada... until next time.


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