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July 2018: Summer Supper Ideas

Feeling the heat and running out of creative ideas in the kitchen? Let’s up our game and try out some fun twists on classic southern ingredients! To start, let me introduce my adorable friend Shannon Parker… she’s all about getting creative in the kitchen. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, she had to adapt her favorite southern dishes to match her healthier lifestyle. I am BEYOND impressed with this chica! She slowed down the stress and upped healthier cooking habits without compromising flavor (my kinda lady…). When I asked Shannon if she might share some summer supper ideas with my Old Southern Charm friends, she got so excited and had a ton of amazing recipe ideas. I had to...

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June 2018: Wedding Season and the Hunt for the Perfect Gift

It’s officially hot here in the South. I’ve been trying to use my time in the great indoors wisely. There have been a bunch of wedding shower invitation orders in progress and it has gotten me thinking… what are the latest shower gift ideas? As I prepare to celebrate my 8th wedding anniversary, it’s been a blast to research what the modern bride is coming across these days. Here’s what I’ve discovered: Monogram Everything: Not sure this is so different than any other time in the south, but I LOVE that the monogram tradition is still going strong. Check out my friend Emma’s adorable clutches that would be the perfect bridesmaid gift or bridal shower present: Emma Lyn Designs. Personalized...

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May 2018: How Disconnecting Can Be The Best Connection You’ll Ever Have

Mary Davis (CEO of the Special Olympics) wisely said: “A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” I wholeheartedly agree, especially in this day and age of constant screen access. We all do it; We all get sucked in. How glorious it is then, when we take some time to disconnect. This month, I did just that. I went out on a limb (no pun intended) and took some time to reconnect with nature at Evins Mill in Tennessee. What I didn’t comprehend when signing up for Inspired, a creative entrepreneur retreat, was that nature wasn’t all I needed. I needed genuine, human connection. Someone not just to “like” my work with a thumbs up or heart, but to...

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April 2018: HOSPITALITY INSIGHTS: Being There In The Hard Times

Did you have a chance to watch Barbara Bush’s gorgeous funeral? Living in Houston, her service was the buzz of the weekend and well deserved. Barbara was a legend: confident in who she was, supportive of loved ones, unyielding in her beliefs, gracious under pressure. The embodiment of a feminist icon, without ever having to declare her title. A true “Steel Magnolia”. Barbara’s strength was undeniable, yet she didn’t necessarily have an “easy” path. The cartoon image that went viral of the reunion of Barbara and her three year old daughter, Robin, at the Pearly Gates, struck so many hearts this week. I believe its impact stems from the question: HOW DOES SOMEONE KEEP GOING AFTER THAT? We’ve all heard...

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March 2017: HOSPITALITY INSIGHTS: Wanna Wabi Sabi?

I’ve been on a quest lately to accept imperfection. As an artist, I’m constantly battling my inner perfectionism. It’s my career to make things aesthetically pleasing, yet most of the time my personal life can’t stand up to the pressure. Do you ever feel that way? The voice may start small: “This house is a wreck! We’re never going to host a dinner party again”, but soon a larger cultural pressure chimes in saying “your parties will never look like the ones on social media”. Gosh dang it, Pinterest! So where do we find balance? Is it still possible to host people at your home and have fun doing it? I believe the answer is yes, but with a caveat:...

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