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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 07:24

The Eyes Have It

This past couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time sitting around, mostly watching television. Week before last, I had a tumor removed that was in my eyebrow. I didn’t realize beforehand what an affect that surgery would actually have on my eye itself. I knew I would lose part of my eyebrow but that didn’t really bother me, after all that was only hair.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:21

A Path Well Trodden

In 1953, I was five old years, living with my parents on Highway 74 west of Rockingham. That same year, my granddaddy deeded an acre of land to my parents to build their first house. At the time, the land was being used for pasture that joined my grandparent’s home off Highway 220 north of Rockingham.

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Monday, 14 August 2017 08:27

In a World Full of Trends, Remain a Classic


Keeping up with the ever-so-changing trends can often be a struggle. It's not only costly but can sometimes be a little discouraging. For example, you finally save up and decide to splurge on those new shoes that everyone has been raving about...only to realize two weeks later, that shoe style is no longer trending and everyone is on to the next hottest style. Now you're left wondering if you made the best decision, if you should return those shoes for another pair, or just live without them. I'll be honest, I have done this plenty of times!

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PINEHURST – The pain specialists at FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain have begun to offer thermal radiofrequency treatment to relieve chronic moderate-to-severe knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.

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HAMLET — The Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Richmond County Public libraries is giving children the opportunity to soar through the gift of books and presentations, along with ideas to build a better world.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 06:32

The Youngins' of Richmond County

As a child, I spent most of my summer days under the apple tree at my grandparents' house, making frog houses out of mud and avoiding being stung by the yellow jackets feasting on fallen apples. Both good and bad memories were made there. From playing tag with my sister to getting in trouble for throwing rocks at my cousin, we were just kids and life was simple then.

Do your chores, make good grades, listen to your elders, and say, “yes ma’am, no ma’am” and “yes sir, no sir”. If we followed these rules, we would be rewarded with an ice cream from the Berry Patch or a visit to Castlewood Park. With ice cream on our faces and splinters in our hands, we were the happiest, we were as free as we could have ever been.

We were the youngins’ of Richmond County.  Now business is growing and the youngins’ are turning into adults. As an adult, I spend most of my summer days in Chapel Hill working hard to finish my degree; however, I always find my way back to Rockingham. Spending weekends swimming in Ledbetter Lake, kayaking down Hitchcock Creek, and having cookouts with family and friends.


Although I am an adult now, I find my childhood experience intertwining itself with adult experiences. I still visit the Berry Patch and Castlewood Park occasionally, but now I get to watch the "new youngins" experience the town that I grew up loving. I can only hope that they experience the same love, happiness, and freedom I did. With ice cream still on my face, I am the happiest and as free as I can be. 

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Monday, 10 July 2017 08:33

Fashion and Style: What's the Difference?

Fashion is what you buy, while style is what you do with it. That seems to be a simple solution, right? Well maybe, but for some, shopping off the runway or buying the latest trends may appear to be a breeze, but it's not always a perfect outcome.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 09:23

Cooking with Karlee: July 8, 2017

When I saw Ree Drummond from Pioneer Woman make her chocolate cake recipe, she called it “The Best Chocolate Cake, Ever,” and I thought, “I wonder if I could make it even better?”  I added my own twist to it, and I have to say, it turned out awesome. The original recipe is listed below, and you can make my version by adding 1/4c of regular Coca Cola to both the cake and frosting, right after you add the cocoa.

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There are many times that we may be complimented on how well or how great the clothes we have on look, and our typical reply may be “oh how I wish I felt as good.” All too often has this been the case. What we wear says a lot about who we are. However, how we feel about ourselves says even more.

It’s not always about the the brands or latest trends that give us the pass of feeling good about ourselves. Having confidence comes from within, knowing your role and purpose, and feeling comfortable about being in that moment. Confidence reflects your attitude, daily activities and personal style. That is what is most admired by others.

Although that is easier said than done, sometimes it takes hitting that metaphorical reset button, clearing your mind, and refreshing your body as well as your closet. New clothes, new attitude  — it just works!

I have come a long way in terms of my style and confidence. My most confident moments were not just when my look was pleasantly pulled together, but when I actually felt good about knowing who I was as a person. That prepared me for my purpose and I embraced just that. From there on, my attitude as well as personal style always reflected my inner confidence!

No matter how you may feel about your body shape, the size of your waistline, the color of your hair, remember those are the unique things that often sweeten the deal, and helps shape you into who you are to be.

It may not always be as easy, but in the meantime, learn to let your confidence speak louder than selfdoubt. Take the time for self evaluation. Be comfortable knowing who you are, adjust your mindset, fall in love with your imperfections, and simplify your personal style.


Discovering what works best for not just your wardrobe and personal style, but your attitude, emotion and well being is key. When we feel good, we look good!

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Monday, 03 July 2017 08:07

Down Home Decor: July 3, 2017

What is your decorating style? I am often asked what my personal style of decorating is.  My style is me.  I don’t base my choices for home décor on what is “in”.  It has to fit.  Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the “in” things but I believe your home should be a reflection of you and tell the story of who you are.  This certainly doesn’t mean you can’t have someone help you with your décor but it definitely should be a expression of you, your family and your life style.  There are so many ways to make your décor your own style and incorporate current trends.  All it takes is a little bit of imagination!

So here we go, this is our blank slate.  This is my hall bath after the cabinets were glazed.  The space is done with a medium neutral wall color, white trim, white floors and off white cabinets.

First off, I glazed over the off white cabinets with a dark espresso brown to accentuate the craftsmanship.  The glazing makes the details in the cabinetry pop and adds a warm rustic feel.  Glazing can be tinted to any color and adds depth and character to plain painted cabinets.  It is also really easy to do with a little practice.

Next, I gathered together an assortment of pieces that I have been collecting.  I chose things that are sentimental to me but also, that I also genuinely like. At this point, I started narrowing down my selections to the pieces I could meld into my bathroom. It really is that simple!  Most people would never put any of these things in a bathroom but I am crazy about it!

This “work of art” is my Grandfather’s mule collar, AKA towel holder.  I have been saving this gem for years.  I have limited storage space so this worked out perfectly after it was cleaned up!

This gorgeous buttermilk pitcher was used by my Grandma’s family.  Yes, a buttermilk pitcher in the bathroom.  Pottery is one of my weaknesses so this is right up my ally.  I added peacock feathers from my wedding for height and the cross as the finishing touch.

To balance out the vanity I chose to make use of this old rugged wrought iron candle holder.  The imperfections just add more character.  I selected neutral candles, as I am drawn to understated earthy colors which are very elegant.

To top off the bathroom project, I brought in old family photographs! I adore old photographs.  These photos were enlarged from the old originals and put in matching frames.  They are not anywhere close to perfect but they but they are so charming.

This is the completed project and I think I nailed it!



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