Blog Update


Normaly I’m the type of person who likes schedules.  I like rules and black and white with no grey in my work life, mostly.  Cupcakes are always allowed!  But I’ve been treating Roots Before Branches Blog like a job.  I started my blog one month ago as a creative outlet for myself.  Lately, I have become a stats watcher and this creative outlet has become another job.  I love sharing my life experiences with any who want to see, but this weekend I made a decision to not be ruled by schedules on my time away from work as a Dental Hygienist.  At work our days are held to such rigorous scheduling that I can’t pass that structure along to my play time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job as a Dental Hygienist, and love the people I work with.  I believe that even when I no longer see patients (hopefully not til I’m at least 80!) that I will still be an educator in Dental Care.  However, as Dental Professionals we are held to a high level of care and devotion to our patients.  And as such we try to live our daily work days on schedule…most times effected by emergencies, patients themselves, or taking the much needed time to educate so that our patients have clear understanding of what is going on for their particular needs and conditions.  All of this takes precious time and we jump through hoops to remain on schedule for our next patient to receive that same high level of care and attention.  This can be exhaustive in effort and deed on a daily basis, but love it all the same!  I work two days per week and though it may not sound like a lot of time out of my schedule, I am a full time mother, wife, and animal tamer (4 dogs, 1 cat and a Sugar Glider) and have a two story house in need of my immediate attention to detail.  My point is this, I have been so worried about who’s following me on Twitter, Instagram, my blog, Bloglovin, and Facebook and getting content out there on a 3 post schedule that the rest of my world has been neglected.  And, I feel as though what started out as fun, has become one more chore to my list.  So, I’m taking a step back.  I am going to post once a week by Saturday of each week.  It will be on Dental concerns, what’s happening in my life now, and a mixture of trips, fashion finds (bargins), etc.  This is what I wanted this blog to be about.  If no one follows, I’m not going to worry because in the end this is about me.  I thank everyone in advance for following or keeping up with what’s happening, and as always, I welcome comments unless they are mean or cruel.  I think life is full of enough crap already.

By the way, I’m standing with both of my boys in my featured image.  They grow up soooo quickly.   This was taken in 2014, at Panama City Beach our last night there (hubby had already left for home for a fishing tournament).  Hopefully, we’ll get to return to PCB soon!  Had a blast!

Until next time, y’all have a day full of Blessings!!!!


The Office-To-Be

Woo Hoo, I get a new Blog Office!

But man, is it gonna take work!!!!!!  Right now I use my iPad, Home PC, Smartphone, and son’s MacBook Air to blog.  Which should be great right?  And I feel like such an ingrate for all the blessings I’ve been given to want more, but I want a dedicated place to blog.  Blogging for me happens in bed, on the couch or at our hap-hazard desk in the living room.  It gets hard to concentrate with life going on all around me including, but not limited to, tv and barking dogs.  I also need an organized place to keep my research, schedules, books, home accounts information, etc.  So, I need this space to be a dual office for home and business as well as photography studio!  Sounds like a lot right?  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

This is my current work space…


Current Blog Office


I know…and yes, that is a deer head on the wall behind…trust me, the deer was an act of love for my hubby that it holds a place in view of all who enter our home.  Can you tactfully hang a Burberry Scarf around a deer head?  Well, that will have to be another post for another day.  We have more to take in right now, like the room we have to get into glorious Blogging shape!  The room is a small bedroom my son used before he claimed the finished basement as his new digs (this too is another post for a later time).  So without further adieu…

This is the room I have to turn into the perfect Blogging Home Office…




As you can see this room ceased being a bedroom many eons ago and instead became our catch anything and everything we don’t want to deal with right now room.  Believe it or not, beneath the piles on the right there is a couch!  There is also a paper shredder and my Wedding Dress from 1997!

So you see how much work I have to do?  But the house Motto is “Thou Shalt Not Whine”, which is not in the Bible but The Lord would agree I firmly believe.  So to work I go clearing out this mess for the next two-three days!  I sincerely hope the donate & sell piles are bigger than the keep!

Stop back by on Monday to see the Design Plan & Inspiration Board for The New Home Office.

Until then…may y’all’s days be filled with organized, uncluttered rooms! 😌







I wanted to take a moment a share a video that puts so many things in perspective for me.  A few years ago there came a crossroads in my life that had me questioning if I was still in love with my career choice of being a Dental Hygienist and just the general direction in life that I was going.  I first heard this song on Glee and thought it was so beautiful not only for the music, but the words were so meaningful to me personally.  They spoke of strength and knowing where you’ve come from on your journey to where you’re going…at least for me.  I’m sure each person will find their own meaning from this song but that’s what music and life is all about! Finding your own path and skipping to your own tune. I hope y’all find your own inspiration to skip to!  #Faithtotakechances.  Until next time…