<![CDATA[I N S P I R A T I O N - HOME]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:19:10 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[2018 Mississippi Perks Pass with Refill Café]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:50:45 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/2018-mississippi-perks-pass-with-refill-cafe
We wanted to bring a really awesome opportunity to y'all's attention today. This year, Mississippi Perks Pass is supporting local efforts to make Refill Café a reality.  With every purchase of a 2018 Mississippi Perks Pass right now, $50 dollars will go to Refill Café.  The 2018 Mississippi Perks Pass allows you to redeem over 150 special offers at over 50 locations. These offers include two-for-one entrees and other perks.  The pass is valid for an entire year and has a value of over $1,700 for a purchase price of only $97. The 2018 Mississippi Perks Pass allows you to explore some of Mississippi's best restaurants and venues all while saving money and supporting a fantastic local cause. It's a fantastic way to get out in the community and experience something new. 

Refill Café is set to make such  difference in our community. "Refill Café will be a non-profit workforce development café in the community of west Jackson, Mississippi located at the former Koinonia Coffee House on the Jackson State University Parkway."

​"Refill Café’s mission is to empower youth by providing an innovative and holistic job training and life skills program. Refill Cafe will operate a vibrant restaurant and retail establishment with training stations to develop functional competencies and occupational skills for program participants. In addition, Refill will address the participants’ holistic development to ensure they are set up for success beyond the program." 

"Refill Cafe intends to offer social service support, educational support, mentoring, and employment services—all offered either directly through Refill Café or indirectly through a partner. The program will be a long-term anchor for participants as we help place them into internships and jobs around the City of Jackson. " 

You can purchase the pass here.
Learn more about Refill Café and their incredible efforts to better the whole of the Jackson community here. 

<![CDATA[Once Upon A Fairytale, A Mother Daughter Princess Tea {Event}]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:00:22 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/once-upon-a-fairytale-a-mother-daughter-princess-tea-events
"The Orphan Door launched its first Once Upon A Fairytale Mother Daughter Princess Tea in 2015. To us, this event is the perfect way to blend two communities: it allows people locally to love and impact the lives of an entirely separate community, all while having fun and building their mother-daughter relationship," smiles Jenny Blount of The Orphan Door. 
The Orphan Door is an active community impacting the lives of orphaned children, and they work specifically in Guatemala with Eagles Nest International Children's Home. In 2017, Once Upon A Fairytale Mother Daughter Princess Tea sold out in a  few days, and fully funded the education program for every school-aged child at Eagles Nest International. 
"This means that those children will receive a private, Christian education, a new uniform, and all of their school supplies for the entire year. Additionally, we will be able to fund the addition of new teachers to expand their school program to accommodate students who need learning accommodations. It is our desire to help raise up a new generation of Christian leaders in Guatemala, and we believe the start of that is a solid, Christian education," says Blount. 
This years spectacular event welcomed twelve princesses, Tinker Bell, Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother. Tiny gusts had their hair and makeup done prior to tea, and Ballet Magnificat! charmed guests with an incredibly beautiful performance. "Our Presenting Sponsor in 2017 was Exmark, and we are blessed to be supported by so many generous donors. Without them, none of this would be possible!" says Blount. 

Astoundingly, every single person involved with The Orphan Door is a volunteer. Over 90 volunteers helped make the Fairytale Princess Tea a memorable evening, and they pour countless hours into the organization daily. "The Orphan Door and the success of the Princess Tea is entirely because of the Lord," says Blount in awe. "We are proof that He will go to incredible lengths to care for those He loves, even if that means calling volunteers in Jackson together to host a Tea so that children He dearly loves in Guatemala will have the opportunity to go to school."
Event Venue: The South Warehouse (Jackson, MS) | Photography: Followell Photography | 
Hair Boutique: Tracy Branch Agency | Catering, Florals, Lighting, & Rentals: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Dancers: Ballet Magnificat!

For more information on this inspirational organization and how you can get involved to support their cause, please visit The Orphan Door's website 
<![CDATA[President's Day Sale at BlairHaus Interiors {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:44:11 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/presidents-day-sale-at-blairhaus-interiors-insider-inspirationIt's around this time of year where you might be beginning to long for updated furniture and interiors in your own home. Maybe you've been thinking about redoing your living room for a while, or perhaps the time has finally come to put the finishing touches on your new home. Either way, we wanted to bring your attention to an awesome opportunity at BlairHaus in Tupelo. BlairHaus specializes in interior design and home staging, but they also have an incredible showroom for custom upholstery and linens. Now through the 26th of this month, BlairHaus is offering 15% off custom Norwalk Furniture custom upholstery orders. This is a fantastic opportunity to design a custom piece that will  complete the look of your home. 

Check out the BlairHaus website for more information on their selections. Blairhaus is open Monday by appointment only, Tuesday- Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Located at 208 West Main Street
Tupelo, MS 38804. 
<![CDATA[Mississippi Rodeo Queen- a Tradition {Life}]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:54:17 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/mississippi-rodeo-queen-a-tradition-lifeImagine a cowgirl. A delightful young woman who is an educator, an ambassador, and a role model with a  passion for the great sport of rodeo. The Miss Rodeo Mississippi Foundation is an organization that annually produces the Miss Dixie National, Junior Miss Dixie National, Miss Dixie National Sweetheart, and Miss Rodeo Mississippi Pageants. Each year, bright young women flock to Jackson to compete for Dixie queen titles. 
"Whereas beauty pageants typically judge contestants on beauty and poise, rodeo queen pageant judge contestants on their ability to be a spokesperson for the sport. Contestants are judged on their personality, appearance, speaking ability, knowledge, and horsemanship," says Allison Coulton, President of the Miss Rodeo Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors. 
2018 marks the 53rd year of the beloved Dixie National Rodeo, and young fans will come to admire and meet the newly crowned Dixie queens. The Miss Dixie National Pageant, held at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, was created to annually crown a young woman who would spend her year promoting the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo. "The pageant later added the Junior Miss and Sweetheart divisions to provide younger girls with similar opportunities," says Coulton. 
Miss Rodeo 2017, Emma Jumper
Miss Rodeo Mississippi 2017, Emma Jumper
{Swan Song} 
Emma Jumper was crowned Miss Rodeo Missisippi in 2017. As Miss Rodeo Missisippi, she represented Missisippi at all Professional Rodeo and Cowboy Association (PRCA) events statewide and several abroad. She also competed for the title of Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
During her reign, Jumper made extraordinary connections with children across the state. She smiles, "I have exceeded my expectations for personal growth this year. This year teaches by painting the most vivid pictures of what it means to place others before myself. To place goodwill before my own emotions. Such was the nature of my visit to the Mississippi School for the Blind. Theses students read my title to me, Miss Rodeo Mississippi, by simply running their fingers along the leather of my chaps. Tears the students could not see filled my eyes and flooded my heart. 
Jumper has raced stick horses with precious patients at Batson Children's Hospital, mingled with Mississippi school children and spoken about the importance of agriculture. She sums up her year perfectly, "Becoming Miss Rodeo Mississippi won't define you, but it will grow you. Once the Lord shows you how rewarding it is to be HIs hands in the field, your life will never be the same." 

What an inspiration. For more information on the Miss Rodeo Mississippi Foundation, please visit their website.

Congratulations to Miss Rodeo 2018, Taylor McNair 

Post was adapted from an article by Mitchell Waters.
<![CDATA[The Wedding of Allison & Cody {Events}]]>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:42:08 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/the-wedding-of-allison-cody-eventsHappy Valentine's Day everyone! We wanted to celebrate today by featuring a wedding full of stunning romantic details that capture the wonderful personality of the couple. This Clarksdale wedding exemplifies the beauty of a Missisippi winter wedding. We hope everyone has a beautiful day celebrating love with their loved ones! 
Allison Antici and Cody Britt met through mutual friends. "We were always at the same parties but never introduced to each other, although we knew who the other was," smiles Allison. "Cody and I were part of the wedding of our mutual friends, Kalynn and Tony Clay Marley. At an engagement party for them in February of 2013, we FINALLY spoke to each other. We were the only two at the bar ordering a drink when I looked over and simply said 'Hey Cody.' He claims he could not believe I even knew his name," laughs Allison. "We got a drink and he led me to the dance floor. This was the beginning of our happily ever after!"
{Inspiring Details}
The beautiful stained glass windows and wooden beams make the sanctuary of St. George's Episcopal Church in Clarksdale, MS easy to fall in love with! "We knew we wanted to get married in a church because we believe making Christ the center of our marriage from the beginning was important," says Allison. "I grew up, was baptized and confirmed in St. George's Episcopal Church and I always dreamed of walking down the aisle to my husband there. The reception was held at my parents' house.  I have dreamed of having an outdoor reception at my parents' house for years," smiles Allison.
"My favorite moment of our wedding day was after our first look, Cody and I sat down on a bench and read letters we wrote to each other for our wedding days, says Allison. "We let loose of our nerves and and anxiety and focused on the real reason for the day- the two of us to join as one in marriage. In the time we sat there, we were able to breathe and not worry about all of the details and if everything was going as planned," smiles Allison. "All that mattered was the two of us there in that moment. We loved having that special moment of the day!" 
Ceremony Venue: St. George's Episcopal Church (Clarksdale, MS) | Photography: Katelynn Anne Photography 
Reception Venue: Antici Residence | Dress: Elle James Bridal | Hair: Mary Kinchen Meredith 
Makeup: Anne Clayton O'Keefe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids (Ridgeland, MS) 
Tuxes: Abraham's| Event Planner: Kendall Poole Event Planning| Videographer: Frameblender Films 
Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Florals| Bar: Delta Beverage Services| Cakes: Chow Cakes 
​Florals & Lighting: Fresh Cut Catering & Florals| Rentals: Mississippi Tent Company 
Print Material: Copytime Clarksdale | Band: The Main Attraction | Car Service:  Southern Valet 
<![CDATA[Honeymooning with Custom Travel Professionals {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:42:41 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/honeymooning-with-custom-travel-professionals-insider-inspirationEveryone knows how much work planning the wedding can be for the bride and groom, but people often overlook the effort it takes to plan and execute the honeymoon of your dreams.  Luckily, businesses like Custom Travel Professionals out of Clinton can be there every step of the planning process to ensure both the bride and groom get everything they've ever wanted out of their honeymoon. We got the opportunity to chat with Jill Hiers, owner of Custom Travel Professionals about planing and executing a wonderful honeymoon. Keep reading for Jill's tips and advice that you need to know before you start planning the ultimate romantic getaway. 
{Tell me a little bit about Custom Travel Professionals.}
Custom Travel Professionals is located in Clinton, MS.  We have been in business since July 2011. We are an nationally award winning agency for sales and service. Custom Travel Professionals has 22 agents all over the country, all with different specialties.  My personal specialization is in honeymoons and destination weddings.
{How did you get into the travel agent business?}
There are certain times in life when a career chooses you. This is one of those instances. I was planning vacations for my friends when I was approached to do it for a living. That was over 11 years ago. This career for me is a dream come true. I do what I love every single day.
{What is your favorite thing about working as a travel agent?}
The best part of my job is getting to create a vacation experience for my clients that is the envy of their friends.

El Dorado Casitas Royale Resort {Riviera Maya, Mexico} Photo Courtesy of {karismahotels.com}
{What is your advice for determining the budget for the honeymoon?}
Be realistic.  Airfare to exotic destinations can range from $850 and on into the thousands. Keep an open mind to alternate destinations if your budget is limited. You don't have to go to Moorea for over-the-water bungalows. You can now find them is easier to reach locations like Mexico, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.
{How long should a honeymoon be?}
The average honeymoon is usually between 6-7 nights. The couple may determine that more time is needed for destinations like Europe or Asia due to the length of flights, etc. Other couples may choose shorter time frames due to budget or work constraints.  There are no rules here. At the end of the day, a honeymoon is an opportunity to celebrate becoming man and wife, and that celebration is a reflection of the couple.
{Where is the best place to start with planning?}
The best place to start is with the ideal honeymoon.  When you close your eyes and imagine that place- the sights, the sounds, the food, the culture, etc., what does that look like.  For some, it is an all-inclusive on a tropical beach and others, it is a castle in Ireland.  My job is to create an experience that lives up to (and exceeds) those expectations.
Jade Mountain Resort {St. Lucia} Photo courtesy of {jade mountain.com}
{Do you have any favorite honeymoon destinations?}
This is a hard question.  I have lots of favorite destinations, but ultimately, it is about what the couple want.  My current favorites are:
St. Lucia - it offers lush rain forests, beautiful volcanoes, and stunning beaches. There are some real bucket list resorts here like Jade Mountain with sweeping views of the sea and the Pitons.
Riviera Maya, Mexico - You cannot beat the value that Riviera Maya brings.  This is where affordable luxury abounds! Some of my favorites here are UNICO 20 87, El Dorado Maroma's Palifitos, El Dorado Casitas Royale, and Grand Velas.
Thailand - I love this option for adventurous couples who have 10 or more days for their honeymoon. There is so much to see and do here from elephant farms, temples, tiger sanctuaries, and floating markets.
{Why use a travel agent when planning your honeymoon?}
 A travel agent is an expert in travel. We have been there in most instances and can give you first hand advice. We are your advocates if travel issues arise.  Our clients become so much more than clients, they become friends. 
{How structured should the honeymoon be?}
That really depends on the couple and the destination.  In destinations like Thailand where you are traveling to several areas of the country, that would need to be scheduled more than destination where lounging on the beach is the main objective.

Jade Mountain Resort {St. Lucia} Photo courtesy of {jade mountain.com
{Can you provide any general tips in regard to planning a honeymoon?}
-Start planning at least six months prior to travel so that you have more availability to choose from. 
-Choose a travel professional that meshes with your personality.  A good travel agent will be your go-to for years to come.  
-Be open to all suggestions and hear the reasons why your travel agent thinks that destination or resort may be the best fit for you.
-Be realistic about your budget. 
-Have an idea of what you are looking for so that the travel professional can match you with the perfect destination and property.

Custom Travel Professionals is located in Clinton, Missisippi at 807 Monroe Street by appointment only. 
Visit the website for more information and feel free to call Custom Travel Professionals at 888-220-0915 

<![CDATA[Ignite the Night 2018 at the Mississippi Children's Museum  {Events}]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:03:10 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/ignite-the-night-2018-at-the-mississippi-childrens-museum-events
Every February, adults are given permission to play after hours at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) during MCM’s signature fundraising event, Ignite the Night. This annual, adults-only evening has a whimsical and exciting new theme each year. Each gallery comes to life with festive food, mesmerizing music, and amusing activities like photo booths with quirky costumes, mysterious guests, and creative cocktails. Hosted by MCM Partners, a group of volunteers and donors who support the museum, this “snappy casual” affair is not your typical party. It is imaginative, entertaining and, most importantly, fun!
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, join us as we celebrate the Birthplace of America’s Music – from Delta blues, to church choir gospel, to hill country and gulf coast rock n’ roll – guests are sure to hear their favorites throughout the night. On this special evening, guests can bid on silent auction items featuring some of Mississippi’s finest attractions, enjoy a taste of the state’s favorite culinary offerings, and show off your best moves! Wear your dancing shoes and keep your eyes peeled – there may even be a King sighting!

Purchase your tickets here!
<![CDATA[LEE LOVES LOCAL {Event at Summerhouse, Oxford}]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:11:03 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/lee-loves-local-event-at-summerhouse-oxford

OXFORD, MS — Locally owned furniture boutique and interior design firm SummerHouse, with a location at 405 South Lamar Blvd in Oxford, MS, plans to host an event on Saturday, February 10th in conjunction with the Lee Industries LEE LOVES LOCAL campaign highlighting the brand’s local brick and mortar retailers all throughout the United States. 

​Since 1969, LEE Industries has been handcrafting American made upholstery in North Carolina. They have built their business through their relationships and partnerships and their belief in supporting local. They are passionate about their retail partners and believe in the mission of supporting local communities. LEE LOVES LOCAL week, which runs February 10 - 17, 2018, is a week of events nationwide celebrating all things local.

SummerHouse’s February 10th event, which will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., will feature a pop-up art show from VIEW GALLERY, a Jackson-based gallery that represents multiple local and regional artists, cocktails by WithCo, an artisanal cocktail company out of Nashville, TN, and a book signing from 10 a.m. until 12 noon with Jean Allsopp and Lynn Nesmith, photographer and author of the best-selling book 30A Living. The first 20 guests will receive a free copy of the book. 

Summerhouse in Oxford
View Gallery in Jackson
All LEE Industries purchases, both from stock and special orders, will be 20% off the day of the event and the week following.
“Lee Loves Local is one of our favorite events of the year. We enjoy teaming up with some of our favorite small businesses for a day of excitement and local love that we can share with our clients and friends,” says SummerHouse owner Lisa Palmer.

In 2017, SummerHouse | Ridgeland played host to a nationally highlighted LEE LOVES LOCAL event, which was co-produced by Traditional Home magazine and featured on multiple news outlets, design blogs, and publications.
Please visit www.summerhousestyle.com for more information. 

<![CDATA[Valentine's Day at Lacie Cotten {Insider Inspiration}]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:57:29 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/valentines-day-at-lacie-cotten-insider-inspirationWe are absolutely head over heels for all things Lacie Cotten. Lacie Cotten's pajamas and lingerie sets are so incredibly soft, easy to wash, and are the perfect balance between practical and sexy. We got the opportunity to ask Lacie a few questions about Lacie Cotten and what Valentine's Day means to her. 
{Tell us a little about Lacie Cotten.}
Lacie Cotten is a lingerie and loungewear line I started a little over a year ago. After owning a spa in Ridgeland for several years and always looking for the perfect line to carry, I just decided to fill the need on my own. It’s easy to find cute loungewear or soft loungewear, but I found it hard to find something that fit both of those categories.

{What makes Lacie Cotten pajamas so great?}
Honestly, my favorite thing about them is the fabric and laces we choose. They are both extremely soft and durable. Once you feel them, you will realize just how important the “durable” part is because you’ll never want to take them off—they’re amazing!!
{What does Valentine's Day mean to you?}
I feel like Valentine’s is a reminder of the love we share. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day responsibility of life and put our relationship on the back burner. Valentine’s just give us an excuse to celebrate love without all the rest of life’s craziness!

{What role does Lacie Cotten play in celebrating Valentine's Day?}
Well, I think the connection between lingerie and Valentine’s is pretty self explanatory. HA! Personally though, I love pajamas. They’re my favorite gift to receive. Almost like a reward for all the hard work we do everyday.
{Where can people purchase Lacie Cotten products?}
Lacie Cotten can be purchased directly from our website, www.laciecotten.com or picked up at a few local retailers. Those include Drench Day Spa in Ridgeland, MS, Taylor Collection in Madison, MS, and KPEP in Ridgeland, MS.

{What's coming up for Lacie Cotten?}
If you like what you see, just know we are just getting started! We have so many new designs and styles lined up and cannot wait to show you guys!

<![CDATA[Krewe de Cardinal {Events}]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:49:18 GMThttp://inspirems.co/home/krewe-de-cardinal-events

Are you ready to let the good times roll at the 5th Annual Krewe de Cardinal Carnival Ball benefitting St. Richard Catholic School? Jacksons Biggest & Best Mardi Gras Ballwill be held Friday, February 9th from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m. at The Railroad District in Downtown Jackson. Guests will enjoy Creole cuisine and cocktails such as Gumbo YaYa, Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Shrimp Creole, Hurricanes, French 75’s and more! Music will be provided by the Southern Komfort Brass Band and DJ David Steele of Solid Steele Sounds. A photo booth will also be on hand for guests to enjoy party pics with friends. Our premium LIVE & SILENT AUCTION will feature a variety of upscale items to include an American Security Gun Safe, Can-Am Outlander Four Wheeler, Diamond Cross necklace, Limited Edition Louis Vuitton handbag, New Orleans Getaway with Saints tickets, Signed Drew Brees Helmet, Crawfish Boil for 30, Original Art created on site by Artist Cliff Speaks and so much more! The evening will also recognize local business owners, philanthropists, and longtime supporters of Catholic education, Hibbett & Susan Neel of Neel-Schaffer Engineering, as the KdC 2018 Grand Marshals. Attire is dressy/cocktail and beads are encouraged! Tickets are $100/per couple and may be purchased at https://www.strichardschool.org  For more info, contact Event Chair Emily Garner at emily.mggroup@gmail.com or 601.212.9870.
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!