It Takes Two To Tango

I am thrilled to be competing in the 2018  Dancing with the ARK’s Stars event in support of The ARK- Alzheimer’s Family Support Services!

The mission of The ARK is to provide hope and relief to families living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia through support services such as respite care, support groups, education, caregiver consultations, resource referrals and community development.

It is an absolute honor to have this opportunity to support local families affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

My grandmother lived with this disease for many years until she passed away in 2014. I am pleased to be competing in the Dancing with the ARK’s Stars in honor of my Mimi and the many others affected. Perhaps you have friends or family affected by this disease? I dance for them too!

Join me in the journey!  Your monetary donation counts as a vote for me as your favorite celebrity dancer and it’s 100% tax deductible!

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Pregame Jubilee: A Guide To A Winning Tailgate Strategy

As published in Palmetto Magazine  Fall/Winter 2017.

Welcome to tailgate season in the South! It’s official… football has returned and the tailgate is in play. We as Southerners know that tailgating is not just a way to kill time before kickoff- it’s as important as the game itself! Make sure your pregame celebration is
ready with this simple checklist of tailgating essentials:

·      Tent- Pop up your team colored tent to provide some shade, shield, and shelter from the sun and rain.

•       Chairs- Even the most seasoned tailgaters like a place to park every once in a while. Bring your collection of stadium chairs and be sure to bring extra for guests.

•       Coolers- Can you ever have too many coolers? One for ice, beverages, and food that needs to stay chilled (or warm). Coolers also conveniently double as extra seats!

•       Paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic ware in school colors. Disposables make for easy cleanup.

•       Lots of Food- Tailgating is all about sharing. Plan tasty foods that will travel well.

•       Décor- A tablecloth in school colors will suffice. Or if you prefer, decorate to the hilt! A silver candelabra, pack it! An over the top flower arrangement? You bet. Keep it simple or go all out!

•       Tunes- Make an upbeat playlist. Be sure to pack a set of cordless speakers compatible with your iPhone.

•       Trash bags and wipes for quick cleanup.

Tailgating is a tried and true Southern tradition. Whether your team is winning or losing, you can always have a championship tailgate!

Seasons Greetings

As published in Azalea Magazine  Fall 2017.

Dust off that address book, it will soon be time again to send holiday
greeting cards. Here are some things to think about when selecting and
mailing your holiday hellos.

Who to include. Holiday cards are a great way to reach out to friends,
neighbors, close business associates, and family. Edit your list, and
check it twice!

What to send. Holiday photo cards have become increasingly popular.
Photo or not, be certain to include a personalized holiday verse and
your family name.

When to send. Update addresses and order custom cards in early
November. Mail your cards any time after Thanksgiving. Plan to send
cards so they arrive at their destination before Christmas Day.
January 1 is considered the official final day of the holiday card
season.

Hand write recipient addresses.  This gives your cards a personal
touch. A hand-addressed card is always more charming than a printed
label.

Include your return address.  This ensures that your recipients have
your current address every year and they can use it to send a card
back to you if they haven’t already.

Other Things to Keep in Mind when Sending Greeting Cards:

•   It is preferable to use stamps rather than run envelopes through a
postage meter.

•   Cards should be inserted into the back of the envelope face up so
that when the recipient opens the envelope the face of the card is in
front of them.

•   Plan to have extra 10-15 cards so that when a card arrives from
friends not on your original list, you can reciprocate.

There you have it! Here’s to enjoying the holiday card process and
always putting our most gracious foot (or should I say card) forward!

Wedding Guest Etiquette

Wedding Guest Etiquette

As published in Azalea Magazine  Summer 2017.

It’s June, which means wedding season is heating up. The following are
a few ground rules to help you navigate the dos and don’ts of being a
good wedding guest:

RSVP
Good wedding guest etiquette starts the minute you receive the invitation in the mail. As soon as you receive a formal invitation, respond yes or no. If there is not a response card be sure to reply using your own stationery.

Be On Time
It is best to arrive at least 20 minutes before the ceremony is set to begin. Stumbling in when the ceremony is already underway is both distracting and disrespectful to the couple.

Do Not Wear White
While rules for wedding attire are becoming more relaxed, traditionally, you would not wear white. White and ivory should be
left for the bride — and that still holds true today.

No Extras Please
The invitation is extended only to the persons whose names are on the
envelope. This means…
A wedding invitation is not transferable.
If your spouse can not attend, your sister or best friend can not fill in.
Do not assume that children or “plus ones” are allowed. They are not invited unless their names are listed on either the outside or inner envelope of the invitation.

Mail Large Gifts
Gifts are best sent to the bride’s home (or the return address on the
invitation) prior to the wedding. This saves guests the hassle of
having to transport the gifts, as well as saving the couple (or couple’s family members) the hassle of rounding up the gifts and getting them to the couple.

It is an honor to be invited to someone’s wedding. If there is ever a
time to rise to an occasion, this is it! Following these tips will
allow you to do just that.