Grumpy Visits A World-Class Garden

It’s rare when Grumpy escapes the office nowadays, but sometimes he pries open the cell door with a crow bar smuggled inside an eclair and makes his getaway. This week, I lit out for a visit to the famous Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Alabama, just a short drive from Mobile. It was time well spent. I was there to give […]

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Relax With Little Barn Apothecary

You won’t have to worry about reading chemical names you’ve never heard of before with Little Barn Apothecary. Stationed in Stone Mountain, Georgia, creators Joshua and Brad founded Little Barn Apothecary with the understanding that plant based products could have a majorly positive effect on the body. Join in on the plant friendly fun and have a “Me” day this weekend. […]

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The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader Takes a New Look at the Beloved Southern Author

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Eudora Welty was a master of observing the characters afoot in her native Mississippi and beyond, giving them new life by way of short stories, documentary photography, and paintings. Though she became most known for her writing, Welty was truly a multi-disciplinary artist, and a new publication, The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader, seeks to honor Welty’s contributions by […]

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Seven Thoughtful Groomsmen Gifts Under $75

There are a ton of cute bridesmaid gift ideas out there in the wedding scene, but what about the groomsmen? Here’s a list of seven quirky options that are sure to please your man’s best men. 1. City Map Cufflinks, $40 Beluga Home Studio Try a vintage twist on style with these old-school city map cufflinks by Beluga Home Studios in Clayton, […]

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Wear This to That: Fourth of July Cookout

1. “Serena & Lily has branched out into fashion. You’ll love this silk-and-linen top.” Ruthie Poncho, $195; serenaandlily.com 2. “Red shoes elevate your look. Go with comfy wedges for height and ease.” Mossimo Supply Co. Novalee Macramé Wedge Sandal in Coral, $29.99; target.com 3. “These slim-cut jeans aren’t too tight, and though the cotton fabric has a little give, they […]

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World’s Largest Glass of Iced Tea

Summerville, South Carolina, and Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation now hold the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Glass of Iced Tea. Created on June 10, the 10-foot-tall “glass” held 1,425 gallons of brewed tea sweetened with 1,600 pounds of sugar and chilled with 3,000 pounds of ice. Refill, anyone?

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Heat Up Your Fryers—It’s National Catfish Day

Today we’re celebrating one of our favorite Southern delicacies—catfish. Grilled, baked, or fried, this freshwater fish is a favorite for summer cookouts. President Reagan first declared this food holiday on June 25, 1987, to acknowledge the significance of the catfish farming industry. He recognized that catfish were much more than just bottom-feeders, and he wanted the rest of the country […]

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Get Your Glaze On: Wisham’s Jellies

I’m one of those kind of guys who likes to have his steak . . . and eat it too!  So, as an author who caters to the man’s-man when writing up recipes, I’m always trying to keep things as simple as possible for you gents (and of course you beautiful belles). The way I see it – simple recipes […]

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Summer Beauty: Coral Crush

Celebrate summer with beauty loot under $20. 1. Shimmer Shadow: Apply along lash line for sparkle. Prismatic Shadows in Golden Peach, $6; ulta.com 2. Lasting Blush: Goes on like a powder but sets like a cream. FLOWER Transforming Touch Blush in A-coral-ble, $12.98; walmart.com 3. Ribbon Hair Ties: Snag-proof and pretty. Custom Set of 3, $6; emi-jay.com 4. Floral Perfume: Inspired by 19th-century apothecary […]

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Southern Hospitality with Bunny Williams and Olivia Brock of Lacquered Life

“Southern Hospitality” is a phrase that is familiar to you whether you are from the South, live in the South, or love visiting the South. The welcoming nature of the Southern hostess has for hundreds of years been an elemental part of Southern culture, and I was lucky enough to speak with famed decorator and Virginia native Bunny Williams on the […]

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