New Year, Old Look, New Love

So this is how I was pretty much all of last year.


While I love the look (well I love pretty much all hair colors on myself, though style is a whole other story), it was time for something not as high maintenance. Being half italian I am subject to the dark roots and when they grow out a week later it’s almost time to get them done again. Right now it’s time for cut backs for things not a necessity. Unfortunately blonde isn’t a necessity so it was time to say goodbye. Bring in the natural dark:


I figure it’s a great way to start 2011! Out with the old and in with the natural! I am hoping 2011 brings blessings (and a job ASAP) to my family as well as many blessings to each of yours. I said I had a new love for 2011 as well, surely that has you all raising your eyebrows. No RPatz didn’t come ask me to run away, no Bon Jovi didn’t say he was ready to leave his high school sweetheart for me but I do have a new love……

CAST IRON skillets!

Where in the world have I been that I had never owned one of these before? I can already smell and taste the yummy food I know will be making an appearance in my household with this. Yes, yours truly here, in her 31 years of living has never had a cast iron until now! It put a whole new meaning to friend Spam and pan fried fish. I am drooling just thinking about it.

Now what to do for my New Year’s Resolutions. Err, I will have to get back to you on that one because it has to be do-able so as not to set myself up for failure right! However while I am thinking of mine, feel free to share yours with me in the comments below.

*Note to self- Have a giveaway that picks random winners from comments all over my blog, not the comment section of the giveaway post. In other words, all you readers should make it a point to comment when you think about it on my posts because it might just be your lucky comment that wins a random gift card!*

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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!


  1. 1

    Hi, I’m a new follower & I’m so excited to read more of your posts. Maybe you could stop by my blog sometime:

  2. 2

    No matter what, you look beautiful 🙂

  3. 3

    I love the new look! Have a happy New Year!

  4. 4

    You are beautiful both ways and inside and out! I just had my hair highlighted a few months ago and am wondering too about maintenance.
    I am praying for you guys for a job. We are in a wierd situation also with work being self-employed. Faith testing time with many things.

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    Toni, I like the new hair color, the more natural look!
    And one more thing, cooking with cast iron will add iron into your cooking, a definitely awesome dietary perk!

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    Gorgeous whatever color hair! You look lovely.
    As for cast iron pans…I am 38 (gasp) and have had one for a few years but only used it once. I need to pull it back out!

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    Lauralee Hensley

    Love your natural hair color, very pretty on you.
    As for my New Year’s Resolution, it will be just not to allow myself to constantly worry about things and just hand them over to God and let his will be done.

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    I love the new look! I think you look gorgeous with your real hair color. Yay to everything new!

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    I cannot believe you are just now finding out about cast iron skillets- girl!!! LOL I blogged on The RHOK during the summer about mine- I’m not a very faithful user except for cornbread and grilled cheeses- just because I don’t fry a lot! But, you are so right, they make food so delish! I love the dark hair, but you really can wear anything and look AMAZING!