A White Trash Wedding Bash

You know how much I love living in the Delta, right? I love it.

And there’s lots of love here. So much love, that we have fabulous young couples tying the knot and with that comes pre-wedding festivities.

The majority of the events are very elegant and so beautiful. I mean, the coveted fine china, exquisite sterling silver and crystal are the norm. The creativity of the over-the-top decor is amazing. The creative minds here amaze me. I need to share more from these events I attend, but I’m hesitant because someone may not want to be seen on my blog. (If you find yourself on my blog and don’t want to be, let me know…I can delete or alter photos. I promise to select flattering photos.)

So our dear young friends, Leigh Thompson and Jake Michael are getting married in February. Leigh is my incredible hair stylist and she owns Hairlooms in Lake Village. Is she not gorgeous?

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Photo courtesy of Leigh Thompson’s Facebook page

A group of us decided to throw them a party that was different than the rest. We selected a White Trash Wedding Bash theme.

Y’all, this was the most fun I’d ever had planning a party with the hostesses and I don’t think I was alone feeling this way. I was in charge of some appetizers and signs. Michael Wayne and Tisha Wayne opened their lake house for this shindig. Allen Wayne, hung these red solo cups to the icicle lights. That detail needs to be permanent. So fun!

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On the day of the party, I had this urge to paint a quick portrait of the couple. I used a black and white photo from the party invitation (seen above) as my inspiration. This fine piece of work is craft acrylic paint and spray paint on plywood. It took me about 20 minutes, but then realized I had spelled Leigh’s name incorrectly in the hashtag. doh.

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There’s a reason stuff like that happens because, the sign looked much better after I corrected it. Don’t you think it looks better?

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I took my selfie stick for my iPhone 6 plus. That selfie stick (Looq s) broke during the party. The stick isn’t stable enough to handle the size and weight of the iPhone 6 plus. I also had my old iPhone 5s, so I created a redneck selfie stick using a child’s rake, Alliance Rubber Company rubber bands (made in Arkansas) and a bluetooth shutter. To class it up a bit, I used duct tape to label it Redneck Selfie Stick…Redneck marketing and branding.

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Here are some pics using the selfie stick.

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And a video explaining to my neighbor how to take selfies and groupies with the selfie stick. (The video was from Instagram.)

Portable LED light accessory is on my wish list if anyone wants to send me one to try.

Are you wondering about the food? Appetizers included potato chips, funyuns, cheesy corn dip, redneck sushi, Bugle n’ easy cheese stashun and this recipe I saw on Pinterest….behold the Savory Ranch Boloney Cake.

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I made two of those and we only needed one. Really we only needed half of one. Some liked it. Some…not so much.

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Details like these nails added a nice touch while they lasted.

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These nails popped off one by one within in two hours. The package said they’d last up to a week. I’m here to tell ya, those press on nails will only stay on if you remain motionless…like if you spent a week in a coma.

Here are some fashion photos from the party.

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A good time was had by all. Would you have tried the bologna cake? Is that not the craziest thing? You know me, I’m all about real food from mother nature. Have you ever attended a party like this? What would you wear? And is there a heavy duty iPhone 6 Plus selfie stick you like? Our rake was the best so far.

Also, sharing is caring. Share this post all you want. I am loving Instagram right now. Go follow me over there @deltamoxie.

Stay awesome!

One Little Word: Create

Do you ever listen for your calling? Some people know their calling. There are no questions. For me, I either feel it in my soul or it comes unsolicited from people around me. I call them signs, synchronicity, or patterns from God. I notice it.

I’m feeling called to paint. God has placed people in my life to encourage me to continue.

I started back at my job full-time this spring and I haven’t painted since. My work is a fast paced environment that I thrive in, and it can be all-life-encompassing…but I love it. I make a difference in this world. So my art has taken a back seat. I can create room for both.

Painting for me is so peaceful. When I paint, time flies. Strokes of color are fast, and in the moment everything appears as a blur and at the same time quite clear. When I stop, up close I don’t see what is on the canvas. It always looks like blotches of color to me. It’s only when I take a break, leave the room and review the piece from a distance upon returning that I pause. It takes my breath away. In a way, I’m in disbelief and feel the need for validation. With that said, every time I paint, I snap a shot and send it to my best friend, MeMe. I ask her, “is this good?” She’s one of my biggest fans. MeMe sees it before anyone else.

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I have chosen to participate in the One Little Word movement. I selected a word to focus every day this year. I’ve struggled with my choice because words truly motivate me and there are so many words! One word that stands out is Create. It works for all parts of my life.

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Create applies to many areas of my life. Create art. Create Memories. Create Relationships. Create Opportunities. Create Good. Create Patience. Create Beauty. Create Laughter. Create Solutions. Create Badassery. Create Peace. Create Magical Moments. Create Fun. Create from Nothing. Create More Statement Necklace Combinations. The possibilities to create are endless.

No one ever says, “I wish you were on Facebook more.” Here’s to a year of less Facebook (unless I’m sharing something I created with you).

So, for 2015, I’ll be creating.

Do you have a word for the year? My friend, Jacqueline Wolven, has inspired her fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers to choose a word. If you are interested in choosing a word and would like some ideas, check out her post here.

Share your resolutions and/or your word for 2015.

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Merry Christmas to You and Yours with Trees, Cards and a Selfie Stick

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

After I decorated our formal living room tree yesterday, I completed two more in our home last night before we attended a fabulous Christmas Eve Party at our neighbors. It’s a tradition.

I share the trees I decorated in the matter of hours last night.

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We adore the Christmas cards we receive. This is how we display them.

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First thing, we open stockings. Our daughter is a morning person and summoned us at 5:15. I relish her spirit of Christmas.

Check out what was in my stocking. (My friend, Jeanetta Darley, is going to love this because I scare her with my selfies even without the following…)

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Finally, I’m still sending out Christmas cards. Spoiler alert if you haven’t received ours yet. Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings!

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Photography Credit Whitney Loibner Photography

Did you get a selfie stick? Any other interesting gift you want to share? What about holiday decor? How many trees do you have? Have you ever hired someone to decorate your home for the holidays? I may consider that next year. Tell me your traditions.

Are you following me on Instagram? I’m @deltamoxie over there. And on twitter, I’m also @deltamoxie.

Arkansas Women Bloggers Wordless Wednesday Post and Our Tree

Arkansas Women Bloggers asked me to participate in a Wordless Wednesday post and it is live. Go see what I submitted here. There are some Delta photos.

I have been working today. Then I came home and begrudgingly decorated my Christmas tree. It took about thirty minutes to begin enjoying the task. I think I was more disgusted with myself for procrastinating. If we weren’t having Christmas feast at our home tomorrow I may have decided to ditch the full on Christmas decor.

Although I’m sprinkled in glitter, I’m happy it’s completed.

Christmas tree finally decorated

This summer I read Cy Wakeman’s book, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and she stresses, “Suffering is Optional.” I reminded myself of her words during my task. Those words are a mantra for me in real life and the work place.

So, hop on over to Arkansas Women Bloggers and check out my Wordless Wednesday post. Leave a comment there. Did anyone else decorate their tree today like me? Thanks for reading! You are awesome!

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Created Using A Beautiful Mess (ABM)

ABM CollageCreated Using Over

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Created Using WORDSWAG (WORDSWAG is my favorite now)

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If I’m using my MacBook Air, I use picmonkey.com. 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.)

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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.

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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!