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Building Great Relationships

At some point in our lives, we may believe that love should be like the kind of romance we see portrayed in films, television, and novels. For some …

Building Great Relationships
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That Ain’t True – Misconceptions About The South

The North and South of the United States have always been portrayed as having many differences. Both sides are portrayed somewhat inaccurately and exaggerated immensely in the movies which exacerbates the public’s view of either side. I am going to go out on a limb and say the north and the south don’t have as many differences as you would be led to believe. As a Georgia girl (or old lady), I’d like to clear up some of these misconceptions. At least in my case they are misconceptions. I do realize that within the South or the North there are sub-cultures and behaviors that can differ by community and state. So my insight is from my experiences and my viewpoint. And usually I’m wrong on both according to my husband. But still, here goes.

Myth: We are racist.

Unfortunately,  racism is a real issue everywhere in the world but 99.9% of the people I know in the south do not classify as such in my eyes. Being obnoxious – now that’s a different story.

Myth: We say “Bless Your Heart”  in lieu of “F you”:

I’m sure this happens but the people I know aren’t passive aggressive. They are straight shooters who will say f*&k you when needed. If they say, “bless your heart”, they mean it.

Myth: We are all morbidly obese

Hellooo. McDonald’s has fattened up the whole country, not just us. We actually are at an advantage because April through September, it is a sauna outside down here.

Myth: We are dumb hicks

Now this one really gets my goat. I’m southern and a woman so I have several stigmas to overcome. No worries though, I will beat them and I know I am smart. And, unless hick means awesome, I’m not a hick either.

Myth: We hate the NFL

This one is true. College all the way! Go Dawgs!!

Myth: It never gets cold

Cold is as cold does. If nipples pass the universal litmus test, who are we to argue?

Myth: We eat roadkill

This is just ridiculous. Unless Kroger is selling roadkill disguised as prime grain-fed beef, then the answer is NO. I personally love venison but only if killed humanely by a human. It’s debatable on whether I would try roadkill or cream of wheat first.

Myth: We all have guns

Well, not every single one of us but guns are very important to us. But not as important as the right to have them. The second amendment is taken very, very seriously down here.

Myth: We worship the Confederate flag

No, but this is a touchy subject to many down here just like politics and religion. Many are ashamed of the actions held behind the flag’s history but many also claim that, bad or not, it is a part of history and to forget is to allow it to happen again in a different form.

Myth: We only love country music

Although, Luke Bryan does look damn good in his tight jeans, he is no DMB or John Prine. We all have very diverse tastes down here. My mother actually doesn’t like ANY music which is so confusing to me.

The point is, just like our Northern brothers and sisters, we are all individuals here and have our own individual tastes. Some of which have been influenced by our southern culture along with everyone and everything that has touched our lives. Personally, I believe I am the sum of my experiences. I am always evolving.

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Three Apps That Changed My Life

My name is Kylie, and I have a problem. I’m addicted to iPhone apps. I browse the App Store every single day and download at least one or two apps. That means I have tried a whole lot of apps! I tend to gravitate toward the productivity and finance apps the most. However, I do love a good photo app too!

The other day, my son asked me which one of my million apps that I liked the best. After reflecting on this for a very long time, I narrowed my favorite apps down to the following three.

1. Digit – for a small fee, the Digit app will set aside change and save money for you. All you have to do is sign up and link your bank account and let the money pile up. A few weeks later after installing the app, check the app and you’ll be surprised to see a new chunk of savings that feels like it came from nowhere! I love, love this app. (

2. Tody – I didn’t spell that wrong. My house would be a pigsty without the help with this app. It comes pre-filled with chores but you can add custom ones to fit your specific household needs. It has a meter for each chore. Green means it was done/cleaned recently, yellow means that it needs attention and red means that $&@t is dirty! This app is invaluable to a person like me who functions only with the help of list (another addiction of mine). You can find this app in your play store.

3. Long game – This one is also a savings app but it has games that are scratch off and lotto like that allow you to win money that goes into a savings account set up for you. You can set up these accounts for specific items or goals for your future. So basically, you are playing games to save money instead of playing games to lose money! I have not thrown any money away on lottery since getting this app.(

I hope these apps help readers like the apps have helped me. I will talk about the one’s that have taken all my money and ruined my budget at a later date.