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2013 VESTA HOME SHOW “THE MONTELEONE” SPECIAL: STOCKING STUFFERS


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CONTENTS

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HOME 52 at home with Local business owner Della Adams

54 technology Keeping in touch 66 design Christmas tree galore 74 garden Holiday plant tips

LIFESTYLE 18 fashion Holiday party wear 20 beauty Esthetiques Skin Spa’s hydrating techniques

22 health Should you go to the ER? 24 lifestyle Volunteer Mid-South Spirit of

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Giving

48 music Country Music Association Awards wrap-up

ON THE ROAD 28 mid south must do Shelby Farms’ Starry Nights

34 travel A Disney Christmas 42 roadtrip Christmas in the Delta 44 community hotspot Jackson, TN 98 a closer look Can you guess it?

FOOD & ENTERTAINING

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86 cooking Christmas brunch 88 chef’s corner Katie’s Kitchen 90 cuisine Southward Fare & Libations

IN EVERY ISSUE 12 | PUBLISHER’S NOTE 14 | CONTRIBUTORS 70 | STYLE MARKETPLACE 76 | BY INVITATION — the social pages

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR BRITTANY WALLER | bwaller@athomemms.com

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SOCIETY EDITOR LESLEY COLVETT | lcolvett@athomemms.com

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ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE MEGAN EIDT

#64*/&44 DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS TRIP MONGER | tmonger@athomemms.com

MARKETING AND CIRCULATION HARRIET W. DEATON | hdeaton@athomemms.com

WEBMASTER/GRAPHIC DESIGNER LAURIE SUMMERS | lsummers@athomemms.com

$0/53*#65034 EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS APRIL MCKINNEY, JANNA HERBISON, SCOTT FUELING, MAGGIE WEIR, LAURIE SUMMERS, ANDY PULTE, CHUCK DAUPHIN, MARIAH GIBLIN, LINDA BENTON, SUSAN EPPERSON, MARTIE WATSON, ALAN DOYLE, PAIGE HUNT, CATHERINE TAYLOR

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS MIKE BOATMAN, MAGGIE WEIR, JOHN TERRY, SARAH ROSSI

INTERNS MARIAH GIBLIN, DENZEL DAVIS

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publisher’s note

'Twas the night before

Christmas

Although everyone knows the famous Christmas story that begins, “'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” but that isn’t exactly what we have experienced at our house. The stockings were definitely hung by the chimney with care but the next line should be more like, “and the Benadryl was on the counter for our children to be shared.” The excitement of Christmas Eve was always a bit too much to go un-medicated with our two. From the time they were toddlers to even last year, our two children have always loved Christmas Eve. Our day has always started off the same— with pancakes for breakfast and both of them begging to just open one gift. “After Church,” we always answered and it took us a few years to figure out how we got talked into the early church service. Getting them to bed on Christmas Eve was always a struggle. Christmas morning followed a pattern of its own. It began with Trip and me both waking up to two children and a menagerie of animals at the foot of our bed no later than 6:00 a.m. Even last year at 23 and 19 years old, the story was the same. Trip would get up and go downstairs to see if Santa was gone and I would go make coffee while the two sat at the top of the stairs and begged to come down. Finally when Trip gave the clearance, the kids would trample down the stairs like racers to the finish line. I asked my now-grown children to name their favorite Christmas gift ever from Santa. Callie shocked me the most with her answer; moon shoes. All the American Girl Dolls with the matching outfits and furniture and she liked the $20 moon shoes the best! Duncan first said any one of the numerous autographed football jerseys, then he quickly added Ole Miss Cotton Bowl tickets. I think I am being set up for this year. Christmas morning will be different this year. Callie will wake up with her husband in their house. I might be the one to take the Benadryl to help me sleep on this first Christmas without her in our home. I am sure Duncan won’t wake so early because it was his sister who always started the 6:00 a.m. stare down, but I might have to tiptoe to his room and just watch him sleep knowing in a few short years, he too will be waking Christmas morning somewhere else. I hope you enjoy this Christmas and Holiday season with those you love. If children are a part of your Christmas morning, savor every moment with them. Remember, “Every time you hear a bell ring, an angel gets his wings.” …and a child grows up. It is all part of a wonderful life. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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CONTRIBUTORS

LESLEY COLVETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties as social editor for At Home Memphis & Mid South magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Memphis & Mid South to attend your upcoming event contact Lesley at lcolvett@athomemms.com.

APRIL MCKINNEY

is an award-winning cook, food writer and recipe demonstrator. She has been featured on the Today show and Better TV, after her recipes won national cooking contests.  You can also see her creating new healthy and simple dishes on her YouTube channel, “April McKinney Cooking,” where she demonstrates her recipes on camera. Turn to page 86 for two very merry Christmas brunch recipes.

ANDREW PULTE

is a gardening expert and internationally certified arborist who teaches at the University of Tennessee, contributes to several gardening publications and hosts a radio show, “Garden Talk.” Originally from Nebraska, Pulte now gardens and resides in Knoxville with his wife Beccy and son Theo. Andy shares tips on caring for holiday plants this month on page 74.

ANGELA MAZANTI

is the proprietor of Angela Mazanti Design. She specializes in interior, floral and event design, and her work has been locally and nationally recognized as outstanding in the field. This month, Mazanti puts the magical touch on a gift wrap party you’ll want to recreate. Turn to page 82 for all the festive details.

JANNA FITE HERBISON

is a former reporter/anchor for CBS-TV in Knoxville and a past Press Secretary for the Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville. She most recently served as an editor for At Home Magazine, and is also the author of Southern in the City: A Mason-Dixon View of Manhattan. This month At Home catches up with local business owner Della Adams. Turn to page 52 for a look into Adams' journey for better health and helping others.

LINDA BENTON

After a 15-year career in marketing, Linda Benton decided to pursue freelance writing. Over the years, her work has been published in Blush, CityScope and HealthScope magazines.  In addition, she has written video scripts, museum display text, brochures and annual reports.  Benton says she is most proud of her first published article — "Lily’s Story."  Published in 1998, "Lily’s Story" is the personal account of Benton's 1997 trip to Vietnam to adopt her daughter. Don't miss Benton's feature on the VESTA Home Show's “The Monteleone” on page 56.

CHUCK DAUPHIN

has two decades of experience covering country music for both print and broadcast media. He is currently the online country editor for Billboard magazine and has worked for radio stations such as WDKN and the Interstate Radio Network. He has also written for such publications as Music City News and Roughstock, and can be heard weekly, on WNKX / Centerville. Dauphin gives At Home an insider's look at the Country Music Association Awards on page 48. ]"U)PNF.FNQIJT.JE4PVUIt%FDFNCFS 2013


fashion

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SHOP THESE STYLES Purchase information:

1) Crystal Brooch Cord Bracelet Ann Taylor, $30, www.anntaylor.com

2) Enamel Bow Studs

Ann Taylor, $40, www.anntaylor.com

3) Jewel & Cord Statement Necklace

Ann Taylor, $98, www.anntaylor.com

4) Velvet Scroll Dress

Ann Taylor, $228, www.anntaylor.com

5) Avenue Coat

Ann Taylor, $278, www.anntaylor.com

6) Shimmering Crest Bracelet

Ann Taylor, $50, www.anntaylor.com

7) Crystal Marquis Cluster Studs Ann Taylor, $40, www.anntaylor.com

8) Crystal Flower & Chain Statement Collar

Ann Taylor, $70, www.anntaylor.com

9) Graphic Stripe Peplum Top

Ann Taylor, $79, www.anntaylor.com

10) Bow Pants in Radiant Ruby Ann Taylor, $98, www.anntaylor.com

11) Sorrelli Deco Earrings

$62, Lola B Boutique in Southaven, MS

12) Tock Flat in Black Kate Spade, $148, www.katespade.com

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beauty

YOUR SKIN NEEDS A DRINK OF WATER! Hydrating Techniques Keep Winter Skin Fresh TEXT BY CATHERINE (KITTY) TAYLOR

Recent plunging temperatures might leave you concerned about taking good care of your skin as as winter is upon us. With good reason! I am sure I am not the only one who experiences tight, uncomfortable skin on my hands, cheeks and arms once the cold outdoor air and the dry indoor heat launch their winter attacks. And let’s not even talk about how any hint of color and glow on my already-fair skin heads into hibernation for the season. Help is on the way! The bottom line for soothing winter skin? Hydration. Brandi Hardin, owner of Esthetiques Skin Spa has been treating Mid South skin challenges for 14 years. Step one is proper exfoliation, advises Hardin. "Exfoliate with a mild exfoliator two times a month on your face and lips. Always follow with a moisturizer after exfoliating.”

only important for summer; it matters yearround,” Marrow explains. “Apply a broadspectrum sunscreen to the face and hands 30 minutes before going outside.” You will be glad for the added moisture a good sunscreen adds to the skin while also blocking cancerand wrinkle-causing rays.

runway for Spring/Summer 2014 Collection fashion shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Hardin had the unique opportunity to pull backstage duty as a skincare provider for the models who showcased the creations of powerhouse designers Betsey Johnson So what is step three? It’s simple, insists and Yigal Azrouël at Fashion Week. Hardin, Esthetiques associate Kate Umsted. “Hydrate, tapped to represent Esthetiques’ elite skincare hydrate, hydrate. Seal in all the moisture you supplier Intraceuticals, worked behind-thecan!” scenes to prepare models’ faces before they took to the runway. Proper hydration creates the perfect palette for adding a touch of color. The The backstage regimen involved the oxygen next trick in winter skin maintenance is to facial line called “Collagen + Booster,” part re-create the summer gleam that you would of Intraceuticals’ newest skincare collection. typically experience in warmer months. Typically taking 45 minutes to an hour in “Spray tanning isn't just for summer! A sun- a spa setting, the Fashion Week treatment kissed glow will chase away those winter was abbreviated to 10 minutes for backstage blues,” concludes Brittney Herron, also an application just before showtime. The Esthetiques associate. treatment gave models a flawless, fresh look.

Step two, according to Esthetiques esthetician Rebekah Marrow, is to keep Proper hydration does more than beat winter Intraceuticals skincare treatments and skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays, skincare woes. In fact, it is a must-do all year products are a favorite among celebrities and even when the temps are not as hot and — especially when you need to look your Mid Southerners alike, and in Memphis, the the days become shorter. “Sunscreen is not best. Just ask the supermodels who walked the line is only available at Esthetiques. ]"U)PNF.FNQIJT.JE4PVUIt%FDFNCFS


“The oxygen treatment is our most popular service at Esthetiques, regardless of season,� explains Hardin. “Our clients love how it creates instantaneous results that actually change their skin with consistent use, whether the trouble is moisture loss, uneven skin tone, aging skin or travel fatigue.� The Intraceuticals oxygen facial addresses the most challenging skin conditions using a breakthrough delivery system that is the result of research and advancements in chemotherapy treatment for skin cancer patients. The Australia-based Intraceuticals invented and holds the patent for the delivery system, which reaches below the dermis to deliver a powerful and hydrating blend of oxygen and serum. The delivery tool is a small hand-held wand that gently massages the skin. “It feels wonderful,� Memphian Sandra Kinney exclaimed while receiving the “runway treatment� from Hardin during a live demo on WREG’s Live at Nine just days before Fashion Week kicked off in New York. Other facial treatments use oxygen, but none can penetrate the skin’s surface for immediate, dramatic effects and accumulative, long-term changes in the skin. As for Hardin, she’s headed back to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2014 – twice. In recognition of Esthetiques’ continued exclusive partnership with Intraceuticals, the global company intends to have her return backstage to treat models for both the Fall/Winter 2014 and Spring/ Summer 2015 collections. Esthetiques is open Monday through Saturday in Memphis and Tuesday through Saturday in Oxford. Additional spa services include nourishing body wraps, Endermologie cellulite treatment, Hydroco Thermal Time Capsule, teeth whitening, hair styling, waxing, eyelash extensions and nail care.

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health

WHEN SHOULD YOU GO TO THE ER?

TEXT COURTESY OF SAINT FRANCIS HOSPITAL-MEMPHIS

No one ever plans on being in a car accident or having a heart attack. But car accidents and unexpected illnesses can and do happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 390,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments across the country every day. Those who arrive in the emergency room (ER) by ambulance usually have a life-threatening condition that requires rapid transportation and immediate care upon arrival. Others who come by car or on foot will be treated based on the severity of their illnesses or injuries, not on a first come, first served basis. Some situations clearly require emergency medical attention, such as a stroke. But other cases are not so clear cut. What about a swollen ankle, unexplained fever or a puncture wound? The American College of Emergency Physicians offers a list of symptoms that indicate a medical emergency, including: s0ROBLEMSBREATHING s3HORTNESSOFBREATH s0AINORPRESSUREINTHECHESTOR upper abdomen s6ISIONCHANGES s$ISORIENTATIONORCONFUSION s3UDDENORSEVEREPAIN s"LEEDINGTHATDOESNTSTOP s0ERSISTENTVOMITING s#OUGHINGUPORVOMITINGBLOOD s3UICIDALFEELINGS s5NUSUALABDOMENALPAIN

911 if the condition is life-threatening or the PERSONSCONDITIONMAYWORSENONTHEWAYTOTHE hospital. It is important to be aware that some conditions may seem minor, but could become serious if not treated. In situations that may or MAYNOTBEAMEDICALEMERGENCY CALLADOCTORS office first or go to a walk-in clinic. A walk-in clinic also may be called a minor emergency, urgent care or immediate care center. They do not require appointments and are often open evenings and weekends. WalkIN CLINICS ARE GOOD OPTIONS IF SOMEONE DOESNT need the high level of care provided in an ER, but instead has a minor emergency such as a cut that requires stitches, sore throat, sprained ankle or other non-life-threatening condition. If you do have to go to the ER, be prepared. Bring a list of current medications, including how long the medicine has been taken and how often. Include a list of allergies as well as medical a history form if you have one. If possible, call your primary physician ahead of time so they can order lab work if needed or alert ER staff about your condition. If going to the ER with a child, bring an immunization record and a comfort item to help soothe him or her.

If you choose to go to a hospital ER for medical emergencies that are not life-threatening, you also may want to bring something to read and money for snacks or a soft drink. Try to remain calm so you are better able to communicate with If you believe someone near you is having a the doctors and nurses who are there to care for medical emergency, take them to the ER or call you or a loved one. ]"U)PNF.FNQIJT.JE4PVUIt%FDFNCFS

Now at the Saint Francis Hospitals you can skip the waiting room for medical emergencies that are not life-threatening. The patients InQuickER program, holds a place online so you wait in the comfort of your own home. “We know people want more convenience and communication in the ER experience,� explains Trish Higgins, emergency room director at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. “While estimates and averages about emergency room wait times may vary, many emergency room patients end up waiting several hours in waiting rooms with NOINDICATIONOFWHENTHEYLLBESEEN7ITHTHIS service, users enjoy the convenience of choosing where they wait and having a projected time to see a healthcare professional in the emergency room.� InQuickER does not affect the wait times of other emergency room patients, nor does it allow certain individuals to “cut� in front of others. Additionally, if the projected treatment time changes due to an influx of patients requiring priority treatment, the user will be notified and given an alternate time.

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lifestyle

SHARE THE

SPIRIT OF GIVING TEXT BY SUSAN EPPERSON

Volunteer Mid-South impacts elementary school students through Share the Spirit of Giving For 12 years, Volunteer Mid-South has been enlisting the help of volunteers to bring joy to local elementary school students through Share the Spirit of Giving. Since its inception, the project has distributed holiday gifts to nearly 90,000 children. Share the Spirit of Giving provides an opportunity for Volunteer Mid-South to communicate the vision of volunteerism and combine it with a unique effort that brings holiday cheer to some special children in Shelby County Schools. Volunteers, families, friends and local companies give their time and dollars to make this heartwarming experience possible. In early December, children in five predetermined Shelby County elementary schools will arrive to discover gift bags on their desks. Each gift bag contains two ageappropriate books and a toy. The homeroom teachers are especially delighted to receive a box full of school supplies and art supplies to share with their students. Volunteers read and do activities with each class and talk about volunteerism with the children. For the prekindergarten through second grade classes, volunteers engage the children to discuss ways they help others. Then, the volunteers explain that when children share their time, even at home, they are volunteering. In 2012, Volunteer Mid-South provided gifts to over 2,300 children and boxes of supplies to 150 teachers in five schools throughout the

city. This year, five different schools will benefit because by the middle of the school year, they from the generosity of the community; gifts have run out of some of the supplies and often will be provided to nearly 3,000 children and purchase items with their own money. supplies to over 140 classrooms. Lanigan stores the pallets in their warehouse All the selected schools are Title 1 schools until it’s time to deliver the gifts to the schools identified as high priority by the state in during the first week of December. On Delivery accordance with No Child Left Behind because Day, donated trucks and drivers from Two 93 percent or more of their students qualify Men and a Truck load the pallets of gifts and for free or reduced-price lunches. Additionally, take them to the schools. Volunteers unpack many of these schools have a high percentage of the boxes, sprinkle tinsel on each student’s desk Spanish-speaking English Language Learners, a and leave a gift bag. The homeroom boxes are sub-group with difficult achievement barriers. left on the teachers’ desks. All of this is done For many of these disadvantaged children after the children leave for the day so the from low-income families and impoverished surprise will not be spoiled! neighborhoods, this will be the first time they have ever owned a new book. On Discovery Day, volunteers arrive before school starts. They are escorted to classrooms How does it all happen? For starters, Volunteer and wait for the children to arrive after a schoolMid-South uses donations to purchase the wide assembly. These volunteers experience books, toys and supplies. Then volunteers sign the true spirit of giving as they watch the up and attend a Share the Spirit of Giving surprised children discover their gifts. After Packing Party to assemble the gifts. For the initial excitement has dwindled, volunteers three years, Lanigan Worldwide Moving has read an age-appropriate book about sharing/ generously donated warehouse space, supplies volunteering to the prekindergarten through and staff to make this event possible. second grades and engage the third through fifth graders in an activity while discussing At the Packing Party, volunteers form an ways kids can volunteer their time and make a assembly line and stuff gift bags with books difference in other people’s lives. and toys. The gift bags are then put into boxes labeled by age group and stacked on a separate The joy in the children’s faces when they pallet for each of the five schools. While one arrive at school and find the gifts on their group of volunteers packs the gift bags, another desk moves many volunteers to tears and group puts together homeroom boxes filled the undivided attention of the children as with crayons, pencils, copy paper, tissues, hand a volunteer reads a story of sharing puts sanitizer, scissors and much more for teachers everyone in the holiday spirit. and students to use. The teachers are thrilled

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mid south must do

STARRY NIGHTS: MERRY & BRIGHT

TEXT BY LAURIE A. SUMMERS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHELBY FARMS PARK CONSERVANCY

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As the holiday season sweeps in this year with cooler weather, adults and children alike look forward to a Mid South tradition, the Orion Starry Nights Light Show and Holiday Festival. The light show at Shelby Farms Park has evolved over the years. From 1994 to 1999, the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association and its corporate sponsors hosted the spectacle with the aid of hundreds of volunteers to benefit social service programs. At the time, visitors were given a cassette with holiday music and a narration of the year’s theme to listen to as they drove through the park’s winding, hilly roads, twinkling with the seasonal light displays. Today the drive-through holiday light exhibit is run by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages and operates Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline. While keeping the traditional holiday displays, the conservancy adds its own perspective to Starry Nights with environmental and nature themed exhibits and more environmentally friendly practices. They have also updated the experience. You won’t find any cassette tapes here—just tune your radio to a special station to hear holiday music recorded by Memphis musicians and you are ready to experience the largest light show and festival in the Mid South. Starry Nights 2013 features both new and updated displays in addition to original favorites like the giant ball of lights rolling down the hill. More than 2.5 million environmentally friendly LED lights combine to form trees, animals, menorahs, a nativity and an underwater scene that leads right into a celestial wonderland of stars and angels. Visitors of all ages will be captivated by the whimsical displays illuminating the night sky. After experiencing the breathtaking lights of Starry Nights, visitors can discover Mistletoe Village, a fun, merry place complete with gently falling (fake) snow! The once “drivethroughâ€? light show has grown into a festival that is a feast for the senses. The park’s Woodland Discovery Playground becomes transformed into a magical Christmas village full of fun things to do and see. Local artisans offer the chance to do some holiday shopping while listening to live performances by carolers, choirs and bands. Bring the family for portraits with Santa Claus, or stop by the Holiday CafĂŠ for some delicious hot cocoa. Kids will love visiting the Starry Nights Petting Zoo, and the chance to ride a camel! Afterwards, gather the gang around the campfire to laugh and roast s’mores. DecembertBUIPNFNNTDPN]


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For the thrill seekers and fitness enthusiasts in your family, the Starry 4k Fun Run is a unique event unlike any other in the Mid South. Participants race at night through the illuminated park, seeing the displays “at the speed of light.� The event is open to everyone and kids will love the lasers and snow. All runners receive an exclusive glow-in-the-dark tee shirt. If you want to view the show in a whole new light, but are not a fan of running, have no fear. Starry Nights is closed to cars on Mondays for “Run, Walk, Ride Nights.� This offers another chance to see the displays on foot or by bicycle. Visitors can also take hayrides and horse-drawn carriage rides through the park for added excitement. Bring the whole family for some outdoor fun that they won’t soon forget. All proceeds from Starry Nights and the Starry 4k Fun Run help Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, which relies on fundraisers, as well as the generosity of members, donors and sponsors to maintain the park and keep the Shelby Farms Greenline “clean, green and safe.� Over 75 percent of the Conservancy’s operating budget comes from fundraisers like Starry Nights, so when you attend, you are not just having a great time getting into the holiday spirit, you are also helping support a cherished park and greenline that enhance the Memphis area. Starry Nights runs from November 29 to December 27, closing on December 2 for a private event. For additional information visit www.shelbyfarmspark.org. Don’t miss out on a Mid South tradition that not only brightens up the season literally, but is also a lot of fun. Make a night of it and build holiday memories with the Starry Nights experience.

Orion Starry Nights: The light show and holiday festival that powers the park November 29-December 27 (closed December 2 for a private event) Hours Sunday-Thursday: 6 pm-9 pm Friday-Saturday: 6 pm-10 pm

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Christmas Spending Christmas with family near & far TEXT BY BARBARA MAY-TRAVEL LEADERS TRAVEL & CRUISES PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TRAVEL LEADERS

"Home for the Holidays" is a familiar refrain Cinderella and her prince and Fairy Godmother during December, but for a growing segment work their magic to bring thousands of of Americans and international travelers, the twinkling lights to life. Christmas season has become a popular time to travel. You may remember the national attention Jennings Osborne received some years ago There are a couple of reasons why this may be for the elaborate light display at his Little the case. For some, it is easiest to take time off Rock home. The Osborne Family Spectacle of work on days between Christmas and New of Dancing Lights now sparkles at Disney’s Year's. Further, many families live scattered Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM throughout the country, so a holiday trip to a Studios). Osborne's display features five fun location makes sense. million holiday lights that turn the studio backlot into a winter wonderland. Take a stroll A Christmas vacation at Walt Disney World through the sparkling scenery, soaking in the or on a Disney Cruise fits the entire family, beauty of the multi-colored bulbs and intricate both young and old. This type of adventure ornaments. It’s all part of a sleighful of holiday allows families to share in something different activities across the Florida vacation kingdom. and create a memory that will last a lifetime. Something else you don’t want to miss is Something else for you to think about‌ you the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. This don’t have a slew of family members staying year actor Gary Sinise will be reading the at your house, so holiday decorating and the story of Christmas accompanied by a choir stress that goes with planning a Christmas and orchestra. The Holidays Around the meal are eliminated. World Showcase is a great way to spend the day. All restaurants will be open, and you can’t Here are a few reasons you may go wrong celebrating the occasion at any of want to spend Christmas at Walt Epcot’s table-service eateries. A standout is Germany’s Biergarten Restaurant; it offers Disney World‌ a seasonal menu along with Christmas carols. The Magic Kingdom is definitely one of the places to be this time of year. During the Disney’s hotels also join in the festive spirit. holidays you can enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry All the resorts—even the Value Resorts, get Christmas party. And on Christmas Day, the dressed up for the holidays, each with its entire park is one big celebration that includes own special holiday tradition that reflects amazing holiday decorations, Christmas- the location’s unique personality. Huge Christmas trees decorate the lobbies of most themed parades and fireworks. of the resorts. At Coronado Springs the The Disney characters dress up in holiday decorations are Southwest themed, while Port garb for meet-and-greets throughout the park. Orleans is decked out with a Louisiana flair. You’ll experience "snow" flurries on Main The Polynesian’s island decorations lend to a Street, U.S.A., delicious holiday treats— truly memorable vacation experience and the cookies, hot cocoa, apple slices and apple 1,000 square foot real gingerbread house at the juice—and unlimited access to popular Magic Grand Floridian is not to be missed. Kingdom attractions. It really is "The Most Wonderful Time of And for little princesses, Cinderella’s Castle the Year" and Walt Disney World is the most is transformed into a sparkling wonder each wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. evening, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Disney goes all out for Christmas! %FDFNCFStBUIPNFNNTDPN]


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What about taking a disney cruise at Christmas... On the very first night aboard Disney’s Very Merrytime Cruise line you will have the opportunity to experience King Triton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in the atrium lobby. The highlight is when a young guest helps Disney characters light the glittering, three-deck-tall tree. Aboard the Fantasy, Magic, and Wonder you will be invited to a Deck the Deck Holiday Party. It’s a tropical celebration with Disney friends leading games such as hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes, along with dances for the whole family like the Yuletide Slide and a conga line around the pool. On the final night of the cruise, there will be a special holiday edition of “Till We Meet Again� performed with the beloved Disney characters and the ship’s crew in a musical finale led by Mickey Mouse. At Christmastime, all around the ships, festive holiday music replaces the traditional Disney tunes. When the ships stop at Castaway Cay the celebration continues with “snow flurries,� a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music. Additional on-board activities include seasonal crafts such as decorating stockings and gingerbread man cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells. On Christmas morning at the atrium lobby tree, Santa Claus and his elves will have surprises for all the kids. Later in the day, guests will enjoy caroling from the crew choir plus a special musical performance from the children. A traditional Christmas Dinner will be served that night in the dining rooms. Religious observances include a midnight mass on Christmas Eve and services on Christmas Day. Christmas is a special time for families, friends and loved ones to come together. It also affords a rare opportunity to freeze social gatherings in time by building longlasting memories. There’s no better place than Disney to make memories that will be talked about for years to come! For more information, give the Disney experts a call at Travel Leaders, 901.377.6600 or 800.264.1824, or stop by the office at 2765 Wolf Creek Pkwy, Suite 104, Memphis.

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Greenwood TEXT BY PAIGE HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GREENWOOD CVB

Mississippi’s most accessible getaway spot welcomes visitors to experience the holiday season in the Delta Greenwood, Mississippi, once known as the Cotton Capital of the World, is a progressive community with small town charm and a high quality of life. The town that sits at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta offers visitors rich culture, delta cuisine and yearround attractions such as museums and the historic downtown.

shopping or take a Viking cooking class before your Alluvian Spa massage. Start a family tradition on December 7 at the Viking Cooking School Gingerbread House Workshop. Parent and child have the opportunity to bond while decorating adorable pre-constructed gingerbread houses. Spend an elegant evening dining at Lusco’s or Giardina’s at the Alluvian, one of the Delta’s most historic restaurants. Indulge yourself with an unforgettable steak or a slice of the Crystal Grill’s mile-high coconut pie and then recharge overnight in your luxurious room at The Alluvian.

The holidays in the Mississippi Delta are an exciting time—Delta residents like to call the season HoliDelta. The festivities begin in early November with downtown shops decked out in festive attire. Seasonal celebrations begin early in Greenwood on November 14 with a Another aspect of Greenwood’s small-town Holiday Open House and Yuletide Trolley charm is the shopping district. The beauty of Ride and finish with a rockin’ New Year’s Eve the city’s downtown shopping is its walkability; party at the Alluvian. everything is within a short stroll, from worldclass antiques to Mississippi-made gifts and art One HoliDelta event you don’t want to miss is to ladies’ and gentlemen’s clothing, hunting the Roy Martin Delta Band Festival Christmas supplies and one of the state’s most diverse Parade, now in its 78th year. This legendary bookstores. Don’t miss the chance to see where parade has been rated a Top 20 Event in the most of the scenes from The Help were filmed Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. and where cast members ate and stayed. The parade features marching bands from throughout the region, a highly competitive On December 2, bring the family to celebrate float competition, and the evening ends with the season at a festive Holiday concert a fireworks show. If you are looking to escape featuring the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to a wonderland, this parade is a memorable Brass Quintet at 4:00pm in the Alluvian Lobby event to watch. Lounge. Need another great way to kick off the holiday season? Then don’t miss the lighting Greenwood has earned a well-deserved of the courthouse this Christmas. A project reputation as Mississippi’s most accessible of Main Street Greenwood for over 10 years, getaway spot, anytime of year. Located in the the lighting of the landmark is a must-see heart of the culturally rich Delta, this beautiful Greenwood Christmas tradition. Come for the river town offers everything to help you relax. lights and stay for the outdoor movie on the Carry a cup of steaming coffee to the Keesler night before the Christmas Parade. Bridge and watch the sunrise over the Yazoo River; then stroll the brick streets and soak in When you head home, take a bit of the history. Greenwood’s charming Delta spirit with you. It’ll bring you back when you need a break, Known throughout the region as a culinary and the town’s friendly residents will be right oasis, visitors return often for Greenwood’s there waiting for you. unique blend of Southern cuisine. Grab a bite at Delta Bistro or Turnrow Cafe, do a bit of DecembertBUIPNFNNTDPN]


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Situated just in between Memphis and Nashville along I-40, Jackson, TN, has seen a boom in retail business, residential living and economic development in recent years. But just as exciting to locals and leaders is the tremendous growth lately of downtown Jackson and a community-wide push toward improved lifestyle and the overall health and well being of its residents.

LIFESTYLE AND WELLNESS The activity, growth and effort recently paid off in a big way for the community. Jackson has been named the 2013 “Most Livable City in America� for populations under 100,000. The honor came during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 81st Annual Meeting. “Livability is now an economic development factor,� says Kyle Spurgeon, president of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. “Companies will invest in communities where the population has the best health outcomes, access to medical facilities, and where the community has a focus on wellness initiatives. Jackson is the most progressive community in Tennessee with regard to overall wellness related programs and focus.� Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist’s recent “Jumpstart Jackson� initiative aims to achieve the same goals. It promotes active lifestyles and has improved walkability and bikeability in Jackson, encouraging wellness and adding even more charm to the recently honored city. Born out of a local West Tennessee Healthcare initiative, one place that has served lately as a prime example for this community philosophy is The LIFT Wellness Center in Downtown Jackson. The LIFT has brought a revolutionary concept to the classic gym. “Living Fit in Tennessee� is an 84,000-plus square foot wellness center that promotes medical fitness and lifestyle education, aiming to improve the quality of life in the region. The center includes a fully stocked fitness facility, an indoor climbing wall, full-size basketball court, two indoor pools and hot tub, locker rooms, and an indoor walking track that features the Downtown skyline.

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The Jackson Walk, a 17-acre walkable metro neighborhood includes a community park and landscaping, perfect for families and dog lovers, and also features a winding creek. The LIFT Wellness Center is close by with a healthy café and doctors’ offices to cater to any health or wellness need. Across the street from Jackson Walk is the Farmer’s Market, a perfect place to find locally produced food. Located in the Jackson Walk area of downtown, Beyond Vogue offers shoppers one-of-a-kind pieces from New York and Los Angeles. Don’t miss this women’s wear shop for cutting edge fashion, sleek accessories and select modern home décor. Look to Miss Ollie’s for a night out on the town – or the perfect event venue. Born in 1887, Miss Ollie was a wealthy citizen of Jackson

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Built in 1870, the Cumberland House is a beautiful Italianate home on the northern edge of Downtown Jackson. On three acres of elegantly landscaped meadow, William Kirby Walsh built the house as a wedding gift for his daughter and her husband, Dr. Frank Hamilton, who is attributed with saving Jackson from yellow fever. It was later converted into apartments; then in the 1990’s a local couple who understood its historical significance restored it. The home is A favorite of both college students and now a popular place for weddings and other families, the Green Frog Coffee Co. has private events. become the top spot to get your caffeine fix— and keep it local. Since opening in 2008, Green Family owned and operated, Rock’ n Dough Frog has added locations inside The LIFT, in Pizza Company will soon be serving up slices Dyersburg, TN, and in Downtown Jackson’s in downtown Jackson. The microbrewery New Southern Hotel. Its unique blend of and pizza pub specializes in top-quality, local old and new provides a cozy space for those ingredients with a distinctive smoky flavor. looking to unwind, with occasional live music Rock’n Dough Pizza Company is set to open and free wireless Internet. shop in Jackson Walk later this year. and was known for her successful business of 30 years, rumored to have been a “house of beautiful girls.” Now at a different location, the elegant piano bar is the “it” place to go for a fun night out. The soothing music creates a warm and comforting ambiance that fosters lively conversation. Miss Ollie’s also features the only dance floor in Downtown Jackson and rooms that can be rented out for private events.

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Jaxon Records is a Downtown tribute to the city’s legendary hometown son Carl Perkins, and serves as an area recording studio. Its aim is to preserve and cater to the wealth of musical talent in and around the Jackson community, while providing an excellent recording plant for singers and musicians across the globe. The Jackson Symphony is currently in its 52nd season of providing music programs to the citizens of West Tennesee. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the Jackson Symphony’s Holiday at the Pops—the family friendly concert will feature two Broadway guest artists singing holiday favorites.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Another strong feather in Jackson’s cap is its accomplishments in terms of local economic and community development. “Jackson’s diverse existing industry base continues to expand. The automotive, food processing and housing sectors continue to invest new capital and create new jobs,� says Spurgeon. “Jackson is a regional medical center and we continue to see growth in both services provided and investment in new facilities. Our renewed commitment to the support of public education will pay dividends for decades, as well. All the pieces of the puzzle are now on the table and we have a consistent circle of support from the community, backed with strong leadership, along with students and teachers who are willing to explore new ways to be successful,� he adds. With the recent accolades and expansions in retail, commercial and residential growth, the city of Jackson continues to make its mark not only on Tennessee, but across the country. If you are looking to relocate to a smaller Southern city, or you just want a unique weekend getaway to a charming Tennessee town with a rich history–you might want to follow in Johnny Cash’s legendary footsteps, when he once sang, “I’m goin’ to Jackson.�

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NASHVILLE’S NIGHT WITH THE STARS

Photo courtesy of Country Music Association TEXT BY CHUCK DAUPHIN

Perhaps more than any other time in recent memory the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be a balanced mix of the past and present–with several seasoned veterans shining in the winners’ spotlight.

of the Year for his successful Based on a True Story, and walked away with the Male Vocalist of the Year prize for the fourth consecutive year. Lambert also claimed her fourth straight win for Female Vocalist of the Year, tying Reba McEntire and Martina McBride for the most First, there was the new. Among the big wins in the category. winners of the night was Republic Nashville’s Florida Georgia Line. Comprised of Brian But at the end of the evening, it was one of the Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, the duo capped all-time greats who made yet another musical off a historic 2013 with wins for Single of statement by just doing what comes naturally. the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year. They George Strait – winner of the Entertainer of the weren’t alone as first-time award recipients. Year honor in 1989 and 1990 – returned to the Much-heralded newcomer Kacey Musgraves podium after a 23-year absence to accept the walked away with the New Artist of the Year top prize from presenter Robin Roberts. Strait trophy. The Texas native has been a critical will soon be kicking off the second and final favorite since the release of her Mercury leg of his farewell The Cowboy Rides Away tour. debut Same Trailer Different Park. The Song of the Year award was also claimed by a trio Strait had one of the top musical performances of first-timers, Connie Harrington, Jimmy of the night, as well, sharing the stage with Alan Yeary and Jessi Alexander, for “I Drive Your Jackson during an emotional tribute to George Truck,” made famous by Lee Brice. Jones, who died in April. The two performed his classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” However, a number of veteran acts walked Another legend, Kenny Rogers, was celebrated away with awards during the ABC telecast, by Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Jennifer as well. “Highway Don’t Care,” featuring Nettles as he received the Willie Nelson superstars Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Lifetime Achievement Award. Other highlights Keith Urban notched wins in the categories included Luke Bryan’s moving “Drink a Beer” of Video of the Year as well as Musical Event and a stripped-down version of Swift’s “Red,” of the Year. The track was the second single featuring Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. from McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert now need to Hosts for the show were Brad Paisley and clear off some space on their already-crowded Carrie Underwood, continuing a partnership mantle. Shelton scored his first win for Album the two have held since 2008. ]"U)PNF.FNQIJT.JE4PVUIt%FDFNCFS


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A Memphian shares her success story and what inspired her to become healthy Tell us a little about your story and the history behind your new, locally owned company, Nourishe? My path to fitness and health began in April 2011. I was considered clinically obese, weighing about 210 pounds at only 5’ 1� tall with the added challenges of being diabetic and having high cholesterol. I thought I was doing all the right things by counting calories, limiting fat intake, eating healthy whole grains and doing moderate exercise. None of that worked; I just gained more weight and my diabetes became worse. Finally my doctor told me that my medication was no longer able to control my blood sugar and that I would have to start insulin injections. That is when I became desperate and decided to do something completely different to take charge of my health. For almost a year my son had tried to convince me to eat paleo and try CrossFit training. I didn’t want to because the paleo philosophy is the complete opposite of established nutrition recommendations: cut out all grains and sugar, eat pastureraised meat, a moderate amount of nuts and fruits, lots of vegetables and lots of healthy fats including olive oil, coconut oil and, yes, fat from pastured animals. My desperation finally made me decide to listen to him. I not only lost weight, I got control of my diabetes and cholesterol and have actually become an athlete. Nutrition was the key. It reversed the damage and allowed my body to be able to do the intense CrossFit workouts.

Cameron brought to the table broad and deep skills in marketing. Share some of your major accomplishments to date with the business and product line. We started discussing our ideas about producing baking mixes during the holidays in 2012 and launched by April 2013, just in time for the opening of the Memphis farmer’s markets. By June we were in Whole Foods. Shortly after we were in other local retail locations including Miss Cordelia’s in Harbor Town, City Market downtown and the Trolley Stop Market on Madison. We were also very fortunate to have found the Cannery owned by the Trolley Stop. It is a local commercial kitchen that rents time and space for food startups to produce out of. Being able to utilize this space made it financially feasible to start the business. Our current product offerings include two flavors of cake and muffin mixes (Cinnamon Raisin Pecan and Chocolate Ginger Macadamia), a waffle and pancake mix and a bread mix called “Sandwich Thin.� All our products have a base of organic nut and seed flours and are gluten and grain free, preservative free and lower in carbs. What are your ultimate goals?

I’m a long-time Memphian and I have no plans to live anywhere else. Nicole has also been in Memphis for quite some time and is committed to remaining part of this community. Our goal is to make a success of our business and be a What inspired you and your part of the exciting burgeoning local food husband Richard to take the plunge movement. Our product line is expanding with into starting your own business? new cake mix flavors and a shortbread cookie to name a few. Most exciting of all, a glutenThe idea of starting a business originated and grain-free pizza crust and flat bread mix is from trying to create non-grain recipes for the due out this December. things that we missed such as waffles, pancakes, muffins, sandwich bread and cookies. The What is your overall philosophy recipes on the Internet sites for paleo food for success? just didn’t meet my “foodie� standards so I experimented to come up with my own. We We look at this not just as a business, but as a had some real successes and periodically took vehicle to share with people our experience in our goodies to parties where people would gaining back our health. I cannot count how urge us to start a business. That was about many times I have been at the farmer’s market the time that we met another couple, Nicole and someone shares with us their struggles. Heckman and Cameron Waggoner, at the We have had tremendous success in gaining gym where we worked out. We had the same back our health by changing what we eat, so I philosophy about food and were passionate would consider it a success if others can change about using the highest-quality ingredients. the trajectory of their health and fitness in a It’s a great partnership because Nicole and positive direction. %FDFNCFStBUIPNFNNTDPN]


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Holidays TEXT BY SCOTT FUELLING, PRESIDENT, PHOENIX UNEQUALED HOME ENTERTAINMENT

It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying the beautiful spring weather and now, here we are, right in the middle of the holiday season. The years seem to be gaining speed as they pass by. Every year during this time, I pause to remember to be thankful for the many blessings I have, not the least of which are my family and friends. So with that in mind, this month’s column has less to do with technology and is more about how to use it to stay in touch with those who matter to you. We all tend to stay so busy with life that we often lose touch with friends and even distant family members from time to time. I was reminded of this not too long ago when I reached out and reconnected with a dear friend I have known for over 25 years. We had been keeping up with each other’s lives on Facebook and would occasionally post on each other’s timeline. We finally decided to get together for lunch and found that it was like we had never spent any time apart.

on vacation; our home is vacant and ready to require minimal expertise, but these are few be robbed"), but all in all, it is a very useful and far between. Most don’t work with other communication tool. brands and components readily and require finesse to bring together into a total solution, Digital photography, smart phones and necessitating research and an understanding even tablets like the iPad offer fantastic of technology. photo capabilities. You can take pictures and immediately upload them to the Web through I have spent my career of over 30 years in a variety of services such as Photobucket, residential technology integration. I have Flickr and so on. By granting access to only served on boards, consulted with Fortune 500 those you would like to share them with, your corporations and manufacturers and even had privacy is protected and everyone can view at the pleasure of working with celebrity clients. their leisure. Yet what still gives me the most satisfaction is helping individuals with their needs, And of course, email is a fantastic way to send educating them on the options and offering out bulk updates to family and friends. We the best possible solutions after taking their used to receive Christmas cards with letters feedback into consideration. inside outlining what some family members had been up to for the year; now these same I look at this column as an extension of what folks send us emails or even ecards with the I truly enjoy—offering my experience to a wide same message. variety of people who may find bits and pieces of advice useful in their daily lives. With a new On a different note, I have been writing this year coming, I would like to invite you, the column for over a year now and have enjoyed reader, to submit suggestions for technology sharing my knowledge of technology. We have articles. The only requirement is they should covered a wide variety of topics and many of deal with home technology. Email me your you have been kind enough to seek me out with suggestions at scott@pccmem.com and I will positive feedback and even potential questions be happy to consider and write on as many of of your own. I love this type of interaction! them as possible.

Technology created that opportunity for me. While there are many viewpoints on Facebook, I find it to be an incredibly useful tool for sharing important moments in my life with my friends and family. I am pretty selective as to whom I will let into my circle. I find it equally helpful in keeping up with Technology is inherently complicated. It's a In the meantime, I want to wish everyone a others I care about. Granted, you must mind challenge to manage, even at the most basic very safe and happy holiday season. your security settings and be careful about levels, and complex by design. A handful of not posting certain things (such as "hey, we’re user-friendly products, such as the Apple line, Till next month… ]"U)PNF.FNQIJT.JE4PVUIt%FDFNCFS


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The kitchen and adjoining keeping room are spacious and welcoming; perfect for holiday gatherings. The kitchen cabinets are glazed in a very pale blue-gray color which provides a handsome contrast to the hardwood floors. A unique light fixture made from reclaimed wood and copper hangs over the island and is reminiscent of weatherworn ox yoke. Highend stainless appliances, pale leathered granite countertops and a glazed tile backsplash reflect light back into the room. In the keeping room, furniture was kept to a minimum. “We wanted the room bright and uncomplicated,” says Toney. Two large sofas flank the fireplace, providing the perfect spot for casual conversations. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with light and the

simple pale green window treatments connect sparkly winter wonderland for the holidays in this room. Someone said it reminded them of the color scheme with the adjoining kitchen. the lodge in the old 1942 movie Holiday Inn.” Off the entry hall is a warm and cozy office. The room’s sense of Hollywood glam comes With built-in shelving and enough room for from velveteen furnishings, a metallic light a large desk, the space is highly functional. fixture and lots of mercury glass accents. A Barn-style doors on sliding wrought iron rods natural rawhide rug on the floor and the cedarallow the room to be closed off for privacy or beamed ceiling keep it from looking too overas Toney admits, “to just hide the mess if you the-top. need to!” No holiday would be complete without “When we staged the home for the holidays, a little snow, so First Fruit’s floral designer it was so fun!” shares Toney. “We drenched the made sure to add a touch of the white stuff place in greenery, pine cones, burlap ribbons in the master bedroom. “We drenched the and, yes, even a few antlers thrown in here Christmas tree in flocking!” says Toney. “I’m and there; the look is all natural.” Toney says afraid this is about as close to snow as you’ll she deviated from the outdoorsy theme in ever get in Memphis!” the formal living room. “I wanted to create a

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BUILDER: The Dave Moore Companies — 901.870.7372

INTERIOR DESIGNER: First Fruit Collection (Ashley Toney) — 901.861.7111

APPLIANCES: Coburn’s Kitchen & Bath — 901.751.4003

COUNTERTOPS: Granite Marble Services — 901.854.5912

CUSTOM IRONWORK: Absolute Iron — 901.258.6871

LIGHTING: Magnolia Lighting — 662.429.0416

ELECTRIC: Ram Electrical — 901.605.7741

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O, CHRISTMAS TREE! TEXT BY MAGGIE WEIR | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN TERRY

Make this holiday season one to remember with a decked-out tree and décor that dazzles. David and Cindy Peterson of Germantown give At Home a look at their family’s Christmastime tradition.

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When did this Christmas tree tradition start for your family?

I have been in love with Christmas all my life. As a child I made ornaments from all different kinds of materials. This love of crafting has continued throughout my life. How did the idea come about to do a different tree for each room?

When my son, now 26, was diagnosed with allergy problems at the age of two, we knew we could no longer have a live tree. Looking back I believe that was when my “problem� truly began. So, it's really his fault. Man, I love that boy! Artificial trees were just too easy. We had two that first year. I would wait for Hobby Lobby to mark them way down in January and then buy some more. Before I realized it there were about 20 trees in the garage. Oops! Decorating them was never an issue because, remember, I am a craft person. How many decorated trees do you have in your home?

The number of trees we have each year varies. I alone do all the work, so there is only one rule I live by. I set trees up and decorate them as long as it is fun. When the fun stops so do I. (Unless I have run out of space, trees or decorations.) This year there are 14 fullsize decorated trees. What is the significance or story behind each tree?

My husband and I enjoy vacationing in Cabo, Mexico. Therefore, we have one tree dedicated to Cabo. We also have a 12-foottall “I would rather be by the sea� tree. Collecting things for these trees has been a blast! Of course, the entire den is our Roll Tide Room, which has a 12-foot Alabama football tree. Our bedroom has a snowman theme, and the kitchen has a harvest theme. Our older son David Jr.’s tree is a mixture of favorite things, from his childhood to CBHS cheerleading memories to a Texas touch. Both our boys live in Dallas now. Our other son Christopher is our golfer, so naturally, he has a golf-themed tree. Why is this tradition so important to your family?

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One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, “Where do you find the time?â€? I just seem to make it. Decorating our home brings so much pleasure to everyone who sees it that it would be difficult not to make the time. If I pack it all away correctly then unpacking the next year will be a pleasant experience. The first thing to do is to put the trees together and check the lights. This is ALWAYS the worst part for me, checking the lights—be sure and do it before you put any decorations on your tree. And there is no need to take time shaping the tree because I cram so much stuff in there anyway. Where did you find such great pieces for your Christmas decĂłr?

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HOLIDAY MAGIC! TEXT BY ANDY PULTE

I can’t think of a better time of the year to look for natural elements from your garden and bring them inside. The smell of pine boughs and the freshness of other evergreens make a home feel festive and greenery taken from your own yard adds a fresh and satisfying look to indoor dÊcor. Taking cuttings from outside your home is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions. In the Mid South we have been decorating with greenery since early settlement.

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It’s the same every year: you’re up late at night in the kitchen wrapping gift after gift after gift. This holiday season, change it up and host a Holiday Wrap Party! Invite your friends over for some food, fun and gift wrapping.

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Designate an area in the house— your craft room, the kitchen or even the dining table—where you and your guests will wrap. Then lay out all of the accoutrements: wrapping paper, single- and double-sided tape, ribbons, stick-on bows and gift tags. Serve your favorite winter treats like different varieties of soups or small bites and maybe mull some spiced wine or cider.

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Take time to sit down and spend time with friends who you may not have seen during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Snap a picture with your guests and send it to them in a pretty frame; you’ll spread cheer and they will always remember the good times you spent together. Get creative with gift giving this year and send the soup recipe you served along with a mug for a creative Christmas “happy.�

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the Florida panhandle and Louisiana Cajun cuisine, Southward explores everything (delicious) the South has to offer. At Home Memphis and Mid South caught up with the chef behind the regional specialties for the inside scoop on his latest venture. DESCRIBE THE CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR NEW RESTAURANT.

Here at Southward we are devoted to all things Southern. We wanted to make sure that each of our dishes concentrates on either Southern traditions, Southern classics or Southern ingredients. WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THIS TYPE OF CUISINE?

With Sweet Grass, I've always controlled the menu to focus more on Lowcountry cuisine, but Southward gives me the opportunity to branch out and indulge in more of what the Southeast has to offer.


DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE AT SOUTHWARD.

Someone described it as “prom in a barn.� I still haven't decided how I feel about that. Southward is both casual and upscale at the same time. The dining room and concept all derive from the farm table and hutch on the back wall. I wanted everyone to feel like they were eating Sunday dinner at grandma's, but at the same time be able to celebrate the most special of occasions. WHAT MAKES THE FARM-TOTABLE IDEA SO APPEALING?

I can only speak for myself when I say buying from local farmers and purveyors is not just about the quality. I can buy good quality from across the country, even across the world, but it certainly helps. It’s about putting the dollar back into our local economy. Supporting those around us will only help our businesses grow. I also believe it strengthens the network of our local community. I have made so many great friendships with my local purveyors and farmers. YOU HAVE HAD GREAT SUCCESS WITH SWEET GRASS AND NEXT DOOR. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO OPEN ANOTHER RESTAURANT?

I had no intention of opening another place until opportunity came knocking at our door last summer. Unfortunately, that fell through, but it sparked our interest to continue on with the ideas we were having. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN THE SOUTH?

My friends and family. The hospitality, the weather (for at least three seasons), the food, the charm and Ole Miss. DESCRIBE THE SOUTHWARD DINING EXPERIENCE.

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PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR ASSETS: NEVER HIRE AN UNINSURED HOME CONTRACTOR TEXT BY ALAN DOYLE, PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE AGENT, CLAY & LAND INSURANCE, INC.

the insured’s general liability and workers’ compensation coverage limits, policy numbers and current policy dates. Do not accept a copy of a previous certificate and do not let work begin until you get the certificate.

let his coverage lapse some time ago—the trouble for you has just begun. You can be sure that the injured worker or his family is going to take you to court for the equivalent of workers’ compensation benefits and/or damages.

What most homeowners don’t realize is that if an uninsured worker is injured on their property, the homeowner can be held liable for all medical costs, lost income, long-term disability and possibly a death benefit if such occurs from the injury. Hospital bills for serious accidents could Liability coverage would pay for property ruin you financially and your homeowner’s damage done to your or your neighbor's property policy does not cover this. Please don't make caused by the contractor or his employees while that mistake. working at your residence. It also covers bodily injury to you or to someone else if the injury Here’s an example to consider. You hire is caused by the contractor or his workers. a roofing contractor who worked on your Workers’ compensation covers medical costs, neighbor's house. He tells you he's licensed lost wages, rehabilitation costs, disability and and insured. When you ask for a copy of his coverage he states he’ll bring it by when he starts death benefits for persons injured on the job. the roofing job. The day your job is to begin Most contractors, subcontractors and other the contractor is shorthanded with the needed tradespeople are hard-working, dependable and labor. He stops by the local “big box” hardware honest individuals. However, you want to make store and hires a couple of day laborers who sure they are licensed with the state and carry sometimes hang around there looking for work. the insurance coverage mentioned above. Also check with the Better Business Bureau to make Your newly hired contractor has the materials delivered to your house the day before and then sure they don't have any complaints on file. shows up ready for the job. However, he states You may think your job is too small or simple he forgot the certificate of insurance and you in nature to require these recommendations, decide to let him go ahead and begin without but accidents happen and you could be it. During the course of work one of the day held financially responsible. Insist that your laborers falls off your roof and is seriously contractor have his insurance agent issue a injured. An ambulance is required to take him to certificate of insurance to you individually with the local hospital. Later you learn the contractor

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Maritza Davila: Ancestry and Identity Memphis Brooks Museum 901.544.6200 Hernando's Annual Cookies with Santa Gale Community Center 662.429.9055

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Jackson's Christmas Parade Downtown Jackson TN www.cityofjackson.net

TUES 3

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Carl Perkins Civic Center www.cityofjackson.net

Pet Photos with Santa Carriage Crossing, Collierville, TN

December 3-27 Starry Nights Shelby Farms Park

www.shopcarriagecrossing.com

www.shelbyfarmspark.org

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Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert Savage Chapel, Union University 901.425.8382

Pet Photos with Santa Carriage Crossing, Collierville TN 901.854.8240

December 10-23 Festival of Trees Paris Henry County Heritage Center 731.642.1030

www.shopcarriagecrossing.com

www.visitdowntownparis.com

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Candelight Advent Walk Downtown Paris TN 731.653.7274 www.visitdowntownparis.com

Old Towne Christmas & City Tree Lighting Pigeon Roost Plaza Olive Branch, MS

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Christmas in Art The Dixon 901.761.5250 www.dixon.org

Christmas Choral Celebration Briarcrest East Auditorium, Memphis TN December 12-15 The Miracle Worker Corinth Theatre-Arts 662.287.2995 www.corinththeatrearts.com

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Music in the Galleries The Dixon 901.761.5250 www.dixon.org

The Nutcracker by Dance Alive Gertrude Castellow Ford Center, Oxford MS

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Dec 22-30 SunTrust Zoo Lights The Memphis Zoo www.memphiszoo.org

Dec. 22-Jan. 5 Memphis Zoo on Ice The Memphis Zoo 901.333.6500

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Pet Photos with Santa Carriage Crossing, Collierville TN 901.854.8240

19 It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play The Ned, Jackson TN 731.427.3200

www.shopcarriagecrossing.com

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"If Scrooge Was a Brother" The Ned, Jackson TN 901.525.0009 www.hattiloo.com

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Smokey Robinson Harrahs Tunica 866.448.6422 www.smokeyrobinson.net

31 New Years Eve Celebration Beale Street Memphis TN www.memphistravel.com

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FRI 6

Annual Christmas Parade Pickwick Landing State Resort Park 731.689.3129

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5th Annual Open House Stillwaters Farm 731.989.4251

Trans-Siberian Orchestra FedEx Forum 901.205.2640

December 7-8 Holly Springs Christmas Home Tour Marshall County Historical Museum

www.trans-siberian.com

www.preservemarshallcounty.org

Derek Joseph Hollywood Casino, Tunica MS

www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com

The Nutcracker by Ballet Memphis The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000 www.orpheum-memphis.com

December 7 5th Annual Open House

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Annual Magic Valley Christmas Parade Main Street, Camden TN

Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade & Festival Court Square, Downtown Paris TN www.VisitDowntownParis.com

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"The Big One" Memphis Flea Market The Agricenter 901.757.7790

Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert The Orpheum Theatre 901.525.3000 www.orpheum-memphis.com

December 14 Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade & Festival

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Shiloh's 119th Birthday Celebration Shiloh National Military Park 731.925.8181

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December 27 Zac Brown Band

Starry 4K Fun Run Shelby Farms Park www.shelbyfarmspark.org

Zac Brown Band FedEx Forum 800.745.3000 www.ticketmaster.com

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sources 20 | Beauty: Esthetiques Skin Spas — Memphis location: 901.761.5741 Oxford location: 662.236.1937 24 | Lifestyle: Special thanks to — Susan Epperson, Volunteer Mid-South programs coordinator www.volunteermidsouth.org 34 | Travel: Special thanks to — Martie Watson, Travel Leaders Travel & Cruises marketing director www.gotravelleaders.com 56 | Technology: Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment www.phoenixcommcorp.com

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