Hotel Lobby Attire at Breakfast: An Observation

Traveling inspires me. My grandfather once told me my middle name should be “go”, because well…I love being on the go and exploring new places. Always have.

My travels lead me to many hotel stays. So many hotel stays that we are diamond level Hilton Honors members…basically it means I stay at hotels a lot.

Hotel lobbies in the morning make for prime people watching. Almost as good as airport people watching. Before I continue, I preface this post with a statement that my words come from observation and non-judgement.

So, when you stay at a hotel and eat breakfast in the lobby breakfast area, do you dress for the occasion or do you roll out of bed in your sleepwear, bed head, sheet-creased-face and socked feet?

I’ll admit, I have done both. When I’m in a town where I don’t know a soul, I have rationalized the “these Scooby Doo pajama pants are pants” and “no one cares what my hair looks like” approach. Ya know, I treat that place like it’s my home.

And I relish the sights of families gathering for breakfast straight from bed. I really do. It makes me smile.

This morning I observed a little boy demanding pancakes in his red and green christmas plaid fleece pj pants, flip flops, lopsided hair and orange shirt worn inside out. The entire family was in the hotel lobby in their pajamas. One member was barefoot.

As I’ve aged (or spent more time in hotels), I’ve changed. My sleepwear has evolved to black yoga pants and longsleeve shirt. I throw on a long comfy knit jacket if I leave my room and no one knows I’m wearing my PJs.

On the opposite side, I’m certain there are people who swear one must be ready for the day before setting foot outside their room. That’s cool. (I’ve done this as well.)

Pajamas in public, pjs in public sleepwear in public, hotel lobby attire

Photo credit goes to @djazzo

So for the pajama-wearing-hotel-lobby-breakfast diners, please continue. I have no idea who you are (not that it would matter). Go on with your bad selves. Start your day with the most important meal dressed as you are.

Do you wear your pajamas to hotel lobby breakfasts?


Lake Chicot Fall Fest This Weekend

Lake Chicot Fall Fest, Lake Village, Southeast Arkansas

How can it already be Thursday evening? I had every intention to share information regarding the 18th Annual Lake Chicot Fall Fest information before now, but there’s still time to make plans to attend this weekend (Friday, October 24 & 25) in downtown Lake Village. Normally when I see carnival crews assembling their rides, I drive miles out of the way avoiding that area so my daughter doesn’t see it.

That isn’t the case with our local festival. The rides are located right on the banks of our beautiful Lake Chicot and the views are spectacular from the ferris wheel.

Not only are their rides and games to play. There are family friendly activities scheduled throughout the two day event that everyone will enjoy.

The Lake Chicot Fall Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday (today) with live music, children’s games, a good ol’ fashioned hayride and your classic carnival midday with rides and carnival games.

On Saturday, bring your running shoes to register for the festival’s annual 5K road race. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8. In addition to the 5K is a fun 1 mile race. You’ll see my little Emmy Jo running the mile. This was her last year.


As soon as the race is over, free breakfast is provided by the First Presbyterian Church and serviced at the Chamber of Commerce Office at 111 Main Street. (Donations will be accepted for Lake Village’s Food Pantry).

No festival in the Delta is complete without a Barbecue Cook-off and my husband, Brad is so looking forward to cooking with his Chicot Memorial Medical Center Team. You’ll find them West of the Court House so stop by and say hi. I’ll be there much of the time providing support. This is a bonafide Cook-off with very strict rules.


At 11 a.m. begins the Best Dog Gone Dog Show, Ever! Awards will be given in the following categories: Tricks, Cosutme, Best Small Dog…Best Large Dog and Best of Show! The cost is $10 per dog. This event is a hoot and generously sponsored by Crossroads Veternary Clinic. Our sweet rescue dog (she’s part black lab and dachshund), Heidi, won Best Small Dog last year. We were so proud of her. Emmy Jo will be showing Heidi again this year.


You know, no festival is complete without beauty pageants and those begin at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s School Auditorium. Our darling friend, Molly Beth will be competing in the talent division and we know she will wow the judges.

Around the square, children will have opportunities to have their faces painted by local artists. The other activities include baking contests, pumpkin painting and carving contests, a Car Show as well as an Antique Truck and Tractor Show.


And I haven’t even mentioned the food. There is food for everyone’s liking.

There is something for everyone. And y’all the Lake Chicot Fall Fest is fun!

For more information call the Lake Village Chamber of Commerce at 870-265-5997.

I hope to see you there. Remember, I’ll probably be at the Chicot Memorial Medical Center Cooking Station.

All photo credits go to the Lake Village Chamber of Commerce.

Adding Text to Your Photos with Apps

Hey, there! How have you been? I’ve been movin’ and shakin’ all over the Delta and north Mississippi. I even spent less than 24 hours in Chicago for a meeting.

If you follow me on Instagram, twittertumblr (my handle is @deltamoxie for all three) or Facebook, you may have noticed photos where I’ve added a deltamoxie watermark or added words. I’ve been asked which apps I use to add words to my photos and I wanted to share the apps I use the most.

For on-the-go-text adding photo apps, I use A Beautiful Mess (ABM) ($0.99), OVER ($1.99), and most recently I was introduced to WORDSWAG ($2.99)! WORDSWAG is awesome.  The titles are stylish and easy to apply. It’s now my favorite app of the three.

photo app collage

 Created Using A Beautiful Mess (ABM)

ABM CollageCreated Using Over

over app collage

Created Using WORDSWAG (WORDSWAG is my favorite now)

wordswag collage

If I’m using my MacBook Air, I use I love it. I wrote more about it previously here.

Do you have a favorite iPhone photo app that you use that you think I’d like? Have you tried ABM, Over or WORDSWAG? What do you think? What will you create?

Post your creations and use #dmwordsonpics on twitter, instagram, Facebook, tumblr or Google+. This will be fun.





Thanks to Strep Throat I Didn’t Know Where I Was This Time Last Week

I’m grateful for life, because last week at this time I was shivering with fever under five blankets and aching throughout every inch of my being. We didn’t know what I had. When everything hurts it is difficult to narrow down a diagnosis. It helped to know that our daughter’s friend Molly had recently recuperated from a case of strep throat so we were on the look out for white patches on the back of my throat.

Beginning Saturday night I slept. And I slept. My husband checked my cognitive status by waking me and asking about my throat. I felt around the bed covers and pillows for the thermometer  and checked my temperature while I was awake. I kept my dōTerra diffuser filled with 4 drops each of their protective essential oil blend, OnGuard and Oregano to fight the germy air inside and outside my body.

Monday was a blur as well. There was no way I could work. First of all, I still had the fever and the white patches finally appeared on my throat. (You know I made my husband snap a shot of this.)

Strep Throat, what does strep throat look like,

Which meant I was contagious and needed an antibiotic. Brad called in my prescription to Hunter’s Pharmacy and I drifted back into my delusional-fever-induced sleep. I started the antibiotics and felt better the next morning. Tuesday put me at 24 hours on antibiotics which theoretically meant I was less contagious, but I still didn’t feel twenty percent. However, I HAD TO GO TO WORK. I prayed for strength. I asked my husband to do my hair and he laughed. At work, I wore a mask and gloves to keep my germs to myself. And my hair looked like my husband did it, but he didn’t.

Late Tuesday morning my coworker texted this question. “How are you feeling?” Since I didn’t want to use profanity in my response, I sent him this photo.

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Around 3 p.m., I truly felt as though I was going to make it. For the rest of the week I bounced right back and hopped out of bed before 5 a.m. eager to begin my day. I hadn’t been sick like that in years and don’t wish it on any one.

As far as Lake Chicot news goes, the Arkansas Game and Fish commission along with the U.S. Army  Corps of Engineers are in the process of lowering lake’s water level to mimic the normal oxbow lake transitions which help with fish environment. With less water, it appears to expose beaches. You can read about the drawdown here.

where's the water in Lake Chicot, Lake Chicot DrawdownSo far we have found a lamp shade frame and an anchor from our mud beach. The lowering will continue for a few more months and then be allowed to fill naturally which won’t take long with all the rain we’ve been seeing. I wrote a post for Only In Arkansas about Lake Chicot. Please go check it out and share it!

Anyone else experience strep throat lately? I think I gave it to my daughter’s friend, Leah, who spent Friday and Saturday with us for a junior tennis tournament. I’m sorry, Leah.

What do you think of the lake? It’s interesting to see what’s exposed. Found anything interesting? Do tell.


Man Fashionista

I’m at a business meeting and having the opportunity to spend time with my team.

Our normal workdays are spent wearing scrubs so it’s interesting to see what we choose to wear outside of our day-to-day environment. For instance, check out my friend Paul’s pattern-on-pattern attire for this evening’s event. And notice the colors.


What do you think? He’s got pin stripes, purple Glenn plaid shirt and retro jewel toned for tie. Personally, I give it a thumbs up.

Do you throw variance in your colors? Tell me about your favorite pattern-on-pattern combinations.

25 Things Every Mom Needs for Dance Recital

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Want to see a fish out of water? Come follow me this week after work as I prepare for and attend rehearsals for my daughter’s dance recital Saturday.

Let me first explain that we had our daughter later in life. Focused on my career, I was 36 and had never changed a diaper when our bundle of joy arrived…and now I’m in charge of preparing her for a dance recital all by myself?  Most friends my age have kids twice my daughter’s age. I didn’t realize we lived so differently during dance recital season. So this, behind-the-scenes, seemingly chaotic event wasn’t even on my radar. I’ve learned it takes a little planning and preparation to make the dance recital less foreign to this mom.

If the other moms didn’t notice, I’ve been studying and observing them…not in creepy, stalky kind of way. But in a…What did you bring in that bag? How do you make a bun with this thing and hair? Oh, bobby pins should match the hair color. How many safety pins can a person have? Are safety pins still being manufactured?…kind of way.

So here’s my list:

25 Items Every Mom Needs for Dance Recital

  1. A large bag for the rest of the items on this list
  2. Baby wipes
  3. Q-tips
  4. Travel-size packet of tissues
  5. Bobby pins (Bring various sizes and in the color of your child’s hair.)
  6. Ponytail holders/Hair elastics
  7. Comb and brush
  8. Hairspray
  9. Bun making accessory (I use the original hairagami. It makes a nice even bun even for an amateur like me. Check out Pinterest for plenty of other options to consider.)
  10. Foundation/base/powder
  11. Baby Powder for itchy costume relief
  12. Eyeshadow in a rainbow of colors you’d never normally wear (Or you might.)
  13. Mascara (Understandably, kids don’t seem to grasp the concept of mascara. You may need those baby wipes and Q-tips mentioned above for this step.)
  14. Blush
  15. Lipstick
  16. Make up brushes
  17. Clear nail polish for mending snagged tights
  18. Safety pins in a variety of sizes (Be a doll and share these without expecting them to be returned.)
  19. Costume Notes (Our dance teacher provides a sheet with costume photos and how accessories are to be worn. It’s also cross referenced with the song. I find this to be genius and very handy.)
  20. Costumes and accessories (“Keep these organized, people.” I say things like this to myself.)
  21. Recital schedule
  22. Non-stain-potential activities to pass the time during the recital (deck of cards, iPad, kindle or games. Kids never seem to be interested in the “let’s all sit motionless” game.)
  23. iPhone, camera or video camera
  24. Recital gifts for post-recital celebration (I don’t put his in my bag, but I wanted to mention it because I would not have known about this. {This is one my “I don’t know what I don’t know” kind of issues for me} Recital gifts are a tradition. Our local florist is great at handling and delivering some festive balloons, flowers or gift arrangements in various price ranges.)
  25. Shoes (Don’t forget the dancing shoes.)

I keep the majority of these items in my bag all year to ease my last minute preparations and maintain my sanity.

What am I missing? If you have any additions to the list, let me know in the comments.

Thank you, Jamie Bennett of Dance Stars, for offering dance in Lake Village. Your ability to teach, lead, organize, create and present a beautiful recital amazes me.

Happy dance recital week!

Southern (Delta) Girls Know How to Pack Heat, Too

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Do you have a concealed weapons permit? Well, taking a concealed weapons class is on my To Do list this year. I haven’t taken it yet, but I received the perfect pair of earrings hand selected from Bourbon & Boots to review and get me fired up about getting my permit.

What better gift to give a recently permitted concealed weapons carrying or gun enthusiast girl in your life? These best selling 40 Caliber Bullet Earrings or any number of bullet related gift items on Bourbon & Boots’ website.

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40 Caliber Bullet Earrings from Bourbon & Boots. Old made new again by Michael “Artie” Keinard owner of Artifacts N Relics,

Michael “Artie” Keinard created these earrings and sent them to me personally. With a kind note and everything!

Living in Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Artie owns Artifacts N Relics and he makes things. He recalls taking things apart to see how they work since he was a very small child. He has a passion for reusing and loves making old new again.

His best selling 40 Caliber Bullet Earrings are simple, understated elegance with a splash of bling in the center. Just right for me.

40 Caliber Bullet Earrings from Bourbon & Boots (clear)

40 Caliber Bullet Earrings from Bourbon & Boots (clear)

Want to see this video of  The Park Wife and myself at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show last month showing off our handpicked Bourbon & Boots bling? I ordered her Y’all Necklace because, well, I say “y’all” 10,000 times per day. She has bullet Earrings in as well.

Aren’t we cute? Or is it our cute earrings and necklace that make us cute?

Each item at Bourbon & Boots is hand selected from small hand crafted businesses. And Bourbon & Boots is Arkansas based. Their vendors are real people and people we know, like Greenville, Mississippi’s own Lea Margaret Hamilton of SoDelta Candles. I love her (and her candles)!

Can you believe Bourbon & Boots is offering Delta Moxie readers 5% OFF any item on their site? They are. Use the code: blogdeltamoxie14

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Now, go find your very special hand selected Southern flair item at Bourbon & Boots. Tell ‘em I sent ya.

Artie, thank you for these beautiful earrings. Your creativity and your flair for making old new again is beautiful.

Disclosure: Earrings  mentioned above were provided to me to facilitate my post. As always, and for your amusement, all opinions expressed are my very own.





Check Out My Arkansas Women Bloggers Foodie Friday Mardi Gras Post

Looking for a dish to prepare for Mardi Gras other than Étouffée or gumbo? Head on over to Arkansas Women Bloggers for my Foodie Friday post today.

My husband, Brad, was a instrumental in preparing and capturing images of this dish.

It’s perfect for a day like Fat Tuesday because it features one of my all time favorite ingredients…butter. Real butter.

It’s a Mardi Gras themed post and it’s one of my favorite recipes inspired from a legendary New Orleans restaurant and family. Check it out here.

Arkansas Women Bloggers


I adore my Arkansas Women Blogger friends! Thanks for allowing me to share this recipe.

Drink Your Veggies Class in Lake Village

Our good friend, Leigh Anthony with UAMS East in Lake Village, asked if I’d lead a class on Drink Your Veggies. Of course I said yes. She asked me a couple of months ago and the time passed quickly.

Leigh coordinated all the details and I showed up tonight at Chicot Memorial Medical Center’s classroom with my blenders and blended.

We made three green smoothies and one pink smoothie for 18 people and everyone in the class was great at giving each one a chance.

drink your veggies, UAMS East, Leigh Anthony, Delta Moxie, Green Smoothies, Delta, Healthy, Chicot Memorial Medical Center, Lake VillageI showed the difference between my Blendtec blender and a standard blender and demonstrated that a standard blender will suffice.

We used spinach, collards, red swiss chard, kale, bananas, beets, apples, fresh ginger, sprouted raw sunflower seeds, carrots, frozen blueberries and frozen strawberries. We easily drank more than five servings of vegetables.

Thank you to everyone who attended and being open to incorporating more vegetables and fruits in your diets.

You can read more about my food journey here.

Would you be interested in attending a class in southeast Arkansas?

Looking for easy ways to consume more fruits and vegetables?

Did you know the Recommended Daily Allowance of Fruits and Vegetables includes french fries? Do you think french fries are nutritious?


Bloggers in Bloom and Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Giveaway

Disclosure:  Tickets for the AFGS Giveaway were provided by the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show.  As always, and for your amusement, all opinions expressed are my own.
Delta Moxie Month of Love, Arkansas Flower and Garden ShowIt’s a month of love…and the month of the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. Wow. Mark your calendars Feb. 21 – 23 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. You will not want to miss this.

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As a member of Arkansas Women Bloggers, I was lucky enough to gain access to an evening of food, friends and floral fun at Bloggers in Bloom coordinated by Natalie Ghidotti of Ghidotti Communication. Thank you for a fun-filled, informative evening, Natalie.

So last Tuesday, as most of central Arkansas prepared for another wave of wintery weather, a group of Arkansas Women Bloggers ventured to the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Bloggers in Bloom. Also, the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show generously gave me Two Pairs of Tickets to giveaway to some of  my lucky readers. I’ll provide the details at the end of this post on how you can win. You will want these.

This southeast Arkansas girl escaped the cold damp, barely-above-freezing temperatures to witness the central Arkansas icy wonderland I’d heard so much about. Beginning around Pine Bluff the trees were beautifully coated in ice,  but the roads were clear and easy to navigate…even in my Prius.

In Little Rock, we were greeted at the door by Clark Trim to his warm and gorgeous home that made the wintery outside weather melt away. Colonial Spirits and Wine’s sommelier started our evening with a welcome glass of wine.

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Oh, the perks of being a member of Arkansas Women Bloggers. And I cherish the opportunities to learn something new and gather with my fellow bloggers. What a group of amazing women.

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Krista Quinn and Darren Irby from the 2014 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show announced the theme for this year’s show…Gardening: That’s Entertainment. As a non-profit organization, the proceeds from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show provide educational scholarships in horticulture related fields to students in Arkansas colleges and universities and funds for the Greening of Arkansas Mini-Grant Program.

This year’s show is jam packed with exhibits and loads of education as well as hands-on presentations. I can’t wait and will be there to learn all I can.

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Clark Trim and Henrick Thostrup of Colonial Wines and Spirits provided us with a fabulous spread of food and perfect wine pairings. I’m telling you they spoiled us and we loved it.

Chris Olsen, Garden, Home and Lifestyle expert, from Botanica Gardens and Channel 11 generously shared his tablescaping tips and reminded us to use fresh flowers and plants.

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Change your plants out frequently. If you are thinking your plants or flowers look tired…change them…just like that. Do it. He promises that you wont’ regret it and it will be the best spent money.

Chris Olsen Quartz Bowl, tablescaping, Home, Garden Entertaining Expert

I needed to hear this, because I purchase flowers and plants thinking they need to stay alive for ever. Not so.

Also, Chris shared his tablescaping tips that really make your home personal, warm and share your personality. It’s about showcasing items you already have in a special way. And change it periodically to add flair and interest.

Chris’s other tip was to purchase yellow flowers. Especially this time of year. Yellow is the color of hope…hope that spring will be here (someday). And yellow is welcoming. I don’t know about you….but I’m sold on his yellow theory. (I’ll be ordering something yellow from Lake Village Flowers soon.)

And on a personal note…Chris Olsen is such a genuine, friendly and down right hilarious person. I love him. I wish we could hang out all the time.

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You’ll be able to see Chris at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show.


Two Pairs of Tickets to the

2014 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show

(There will be 2 winners)

Here’s How to Enter

In the comments below, tell me what your favorite flower or plant is. That’s it. I’ll pick the winner at random. The Giveaway will end Sunday, Feb. 16 at midnight. There will be two winners who will receive 2 tickets each.

If you are local, I’ll hand deliver them to you. If you are outside my are I’ll mail them to you with a tracking number. Kids under 16 are FREE.

For an extra chance:

Thank you and good luck.

Again, the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is:

February 21-23, 2014
Statehouse Convention Center

Show Times
Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Adults $8
Seniors (60+) $6
Children 16 and under FREE

3-day pass $12

Park for FREE at Dickey-Stephens Park and then take the shuttle ($1 round-trip for adults) provided by Arkansas Destinations to the show!

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Tell me your favorite flower or plant in the comments to enter to win the tickets.

 UPDATE: Winners!

Rosanne Johnson

Cindy Smith

Linda K. Woolbright

Since I had three people entered in the giveaway, I couldn’t leave someone without tickets. I took two from the tickets I had for the weekend and gave them to my third commenter. I have contacted the winners via email. So if you won, check your email…I need your address so I can mail your tickets. Thank you all for participating. Your favorite flowers sound gorgeous. Have a fantastic time at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. I’ll be at the Arkansas Women Bloggers booth Friday and Sunday, so come by and see me.