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CONTENTS Summer 2019 |

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FASHION

16-22 DELIGHTFUL DAZZLING SUMMER

We asked Brittany Cox, owner of Dazzling Divas boutique, for her top summer looks. Photographed at the Coles home which is on the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes 2019.

LIFE & STYLE

22-24 LET YOUR BEAUTY SHINE

Try out these fresh beauty trends 28-30 RESORT LIVING ON THE RANGE An airstream and vintage trailer resort concept in Bristol is your new favorite staycation getaway. We’ve got your sneak peek!

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HOME

34-36 COURTNEY WARREN COLUMN The reveal of our deserving mama makeover! 40 FEELING FANCIFUL WITH FRIENDS 42-44 ELLIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS

MEDICAL

46 BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE A major pain in the joints! BS&W takes a look at modern arthritis.

48 Cindy Burch Column

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Let’s Celebrate!


THE ENGLISH MERCHANT’S INN, A SMALL INN WITH A BIG PERSONALITY

Escape the fast pace of everyday life with a visit to The English Merchant’s Inn located on picturesque Main Street in Waxahachie. Immerse yourself in the relaxing ambience of this unique property and a historic Texas town.

RELAX

GOOD FRIENDS

LIFE-CHANGING BREAKFAST

“What a perfectly lovely place to relax and rejuvenate. Four posh bedrooms and comfortable common areas provide plenty of room to lounge around (even in pjs) and chat, watch movies, read books, or simply gaze at the interesting accoutrements.” - DTPegasus, TripAdvisor

“Wow! This place is wonderful. Mary and Howard were so genuine, kind, helpful, and considerate. Breakfast was delicious and the rooms were extremely comfortable. Located off Main Street, it is close to everything you could ever need.” - TravelingRaider4, TripAdvisor

Breakfast was sumptuous and beautiful: Prosciutto-wrapped melon to start, followed by a cheesy frittata with farm sausage and fresh-baked cranberry and orange scones served on antique French porcelain plates. - Jaithan K., Yelp

The English Merchant's Inn

717 W. Main Street • Waxahachie 254.366.0229 • info@theenglishmerchantsinn.com www.theenglishmerchantsinn.com


EDITOR’S NOTE It’s getting warm outside! Graduation ceremonies are happening, summer vacations are planned and the pool is ready for splashing on the 4th of July. Summer in Texas is a special time for families in our area and we are celebrating it this issue. PUBLISHER CINDY CAMP publisher@living-magazine.com

PARTNER-STRATEGIST PAULA BAUCUM paula@eclmedia.com

CREATIVE DIRECTOR LINDSEY KEENEY lindsey@living-magazine.com

Courtney Warren is a longtime contributor to ECLM and we partnered with her in April to suprise a lucky local mom with a bedroom makeover. We received so many fantastic entries from husbands, best friends and coworkers who took a moment to tell us the story of someone in their life who deserved a space of their own. Thank you to all the local businesses who contributed to the makeover and to Courtney for making it happen! Happy Summer everyone!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MEAGAN CAMP editor@living-magazine.com

- Meagan

ART DIRECTOR CARLY PECHAL creative@living-magazine.com

Follow us on Instagram: @ECLivingMagazine facebook.com/EllisCountyLiving pinterest.com/ECLivingmag twitter.com/ECLiving

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Summer Shopping

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local love

Rainbow Symphony Store Celebrate summer with all of the colors of the rainbow! Brighten your days with prismatic rays from Rainbow Symphony Store’s suncatcher collection.

www.rainbowsymphonystore.com

Copper Rose Sonix Treat yourself to sweet summertime stationary from Sonix! These fresh designs are sure to add zest to your everyday life!

Stasher

www.shopsonix.com

Carrying the latest fashion trends with locations in Waxahachie, Forreston and Milford, Copper Rose is a boutique that also offers farmhouse chic decor & giftable items! FORRESTON • MILFORD • WAXAHACHIE 214.463.5599 Find us on Facebook & Instagram @copperroseshop

www.copperrose.shop

Stasher’s reusable plastic-free bags make snacking and storing your treats sustainable and economical. These reusable silicone bags are also microwave and dishwasher friendly!

www.stasherbag.com

Klutch Handbags If there were a purse to represent summer, it would be the Vagabond Macrame bag! This unique accessory is perfect for trips and all of your fun summer activities.

www.klutchhandbags.com

Relic + Root Haute Diggity Dog Fifi, our Chihuahua-in-Chief, recommends Haute Diggity Dog’s designer parody dog toys! She just loves her “Topo Chiwawa”. Check out their full line of adorable and clever dog toys online!

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A one-of-a-kind home decor and furniture store, offering professional interior design services. We pride ourselves on keeping items in stock that you won’t find just anywhere. Whether it’s Comfort and Joy organic products, European antiques and collectibles, or repurposed furniture, Relic + Root is your one stop shop for all things unique! Come by to shop and visit with us; we’ll treasure hunt together! 4470 E. HWY. 287, SUITE 400 • MIDLOTHIAN 972.775.5554 Find us on Facebook & Instagram

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Ellis County

AROUND TOWN

may

WAXAHACHIE ENNIS

National Polka Festival May 24th-26 www.nationalpolkafestival.com

Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour June 1-2 Sponsored by the Ellis County Museum For more information: 972-937-0681

june

WAXAHACHIE

ENNIS Blues on Main June 8th Main Street Downtown Ennis ENNIS FARMERS MARKET Every Saturday 8-noon 104 N McKinney Ennis Texas

MORNINGS AT MINNIE family friendly programs Every Sat beginning June 1 Minnie McDowal Park 10am

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST FLY-IN June 1; 8:00 am – 11:00 am Public Invited & Free Parking Breakfast tickets: Adults & Children $6, Children under 8  $3 Cash Only Classic Airplanes, Helicopter Rides, Fly-Overs, Radio Controlled Model Airplanes, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Midlothian Classic Wheels, and Gold Wing Road Riders. For more info, call 972-923-0080 or http://mid-wayregional.com        GINGERBREAD GOLF CLASSIC Hosted by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce June 7; 9 am-2 pm Waxahachie Country Club For more information, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com   2ND THURSDAY LADIES NIGHT OUT June 13; 5 pm-8 pm

Every Month in Downtown Waxahachie with Participating Merchants JUNK IN THE TRUNK June 15; 9 am-1 pm Downtown Waxahachie   FATHER’S DAY BEER STROLL Hosted by Meat Church June 15; Noon-5 pm Downtown Waxahachie   WAXAHACHIE GUN & KNIFE SHOW June 15-16 Waxahachie Civic Center   SUMMER ART ACADEMY June 17-21 ART on the Square Gallery/Ellis County Art Association Kid’s art camp for future Picassos ages 6-12 For more information:  www.EllisCountyArt.net or 972-937-3414


july ENNIS

Freedom Fest June 29th Red White & Bike Parade-Downtown Fireworks and Live Music-Veterans Park

WAXAHACHIE CRAPE MYRTLE FESTIVAL & PARADE July 3 – A Hard Night’s Day Beatles Tribute Concert & Fireworks Show Location: Lumpkins Stadium Parking Lot July 4 - Parade downtown   2ND THURSDAY LADIES NIGHT OUT July 11; 5 pm-8 pm Every Month in Downtown Waxahachie with Participating Merchants   BOGO 2ND SATURDAY July 13 Participating Downtown Merchants   WAXAHACHIE COMMUNITY THEATRE’S SUMMER SHOWCASE July 26-28 University Church For more information:  www.waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com or 972-646-1050

Landing in your mailbox this August is the 2019 Wedding issue! If you are a vendor, photographer, florist or caterer, email us photos of your work or trends you see and we’ll consider including them in the issue.

This issue will guide you to the latest trends in dresses, paper, flowers, entertainment and organization for your wedding. If you are getting married in Ellis County, you’ll find all of your inspiration for a beautiful celebration.

Did you or someone you know get married in the last year and want to be featured in the Wedding issue? Email Meagan at editor@Living-Magazine.com by June 21st with photos and details of your wedding and we’ll consider it for the issue.

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FASHION

WRITTEN BY CARLY PECHAL PHOTOS BY HAMERLY PHOTOGRAPHY

Earrings $14 Dress $48 Shoes $36 at Dazzling Divas

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Dazzling Divas is such a fun and fresh look to the Waxahachie Downtown Square. This boutique offers looks for all ages of women coming from every background (yes, they even carry yoga pants.) Clothing, accessories, shoes, and gifts can all be found here, handpicked by the store owner, Brittany Cox. Brittany’s vison came about in her childhood with, “Britt’s Boutique.” She began drafting up her business plan during high school and her hard work and planning enabled her to open her first store. Dazzling Diva’s first location opened in Brownwood and celebrated its eigth anniversary in March. Her dream of opening a boutique as a child has now translated into two brick-and-mortar locations in Texas, Brownswood and Waxahachie.

Brittany holds such passion behind every more with her brand. She travels to suppliers directly in California every six to eight weeks to find the latest trends brings them back for us Texas gals to buy. Can’t get to her store? Don’t worry, her Brownwood storefront will ship you whatever your pretty little heart desires.

Earrings $14 Dress $42 Shoes $34

The summer Texas heat is no match for these cute dress designs. We love the bright colors and on trend embroidery of the look to the right. The black floral look (above) is easily dressed up for a wedding or date night with the pop of pink earrings and espadrilles.

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Top $18 Pants $26

We always seem to come across the sweetest pups, meet the Cole’s sweet girl, Lucky Dog. Top $26 Shorts $26 Pup... Priceless

Who doesn’t need that perfect athletic apparel? Going to workout or just a mom on the go; Mona B clothing line is so affordable! The quality is fantastic and can be worn in many ways and layers to create different looks. This line comes in regular and plus sizes, too.

Top $18 Pants $28 Shoes $30

Green Top $ 30 Denim Shorts $38

Every quarter a new set of tees are released that pay tribute to our state, The “Texas State of Mind” line is for casual days and fun nights. These shirts are perfect to throw on with your favorite Mono B yoga pants or wear on a night out with boots.

White Bodysuit $38 Plaid Shirt $54

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Earrings $14 Kimono $30 Polkadot Top $30 Tan Sandals $34 Mustard Sleeve Top $36 Denim Shorts $42 Sliders $18

Mustard Top $30 Shorts $34 Leopard Sandals $36

Brittany loves to translate pieces of clothing to allow for many ages to wear them and for different types of events. Summertime is the season of being on-the-go and we are in need of flexible outfits. Comfortable, trendy and ready to go for a full days worth of events is excatly how these pieces can be enjoyed.

Top $18 Scarf $12 Shorts $26

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SEE MORE OF THIS HOME AT THE GINGERBREAD TRAIL TOUR OF HOMES

Necklace $12 Romper $36

the shoot

the style

the look

PHOTOGRAPHER:

DAZZLING DIVAS

HAIR:

Hamerly Photogrphy by Emma Sapp Hamerlyphotography@gmail.com

DAZZLING DIVAS 113 N College St. Waxahachie, Tx 75165 Dazzling Divas VIP Group

SOUTHERN ROOTS SALON Blair Bryant Moore Monica Ozymy Crawford -----207 W Marvin Waxahachie, Tx 75165 214.949.2993 Check us out on Facebook!

LOCATION:

GEORGE & GINGER COLE’S HOME Featured at the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes www.gingerbreadtrail.net

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Brittany Cox Abbie Morton Kennedy Thorne


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BEAUTY

BY LINDSEY KEENEY

Summertime is for glowing skin, floral infused fun, mermaid hair and sparkling in the sun! We are so excited to highlight these colorful and beneficial products for you to try this summer.

Infused with real flowers, Blossom naturally adds a lovely touch to your beauty counter. Have fun with these products that reflect this sunny season. www.blossombeauty.com

Drunk Elephant might sound like a funny name but it is top of the line skin care! This line focuses on eliminating the “suspicious 6� ingredients that can cause skin irritation. Customize your beauty regime to be as basic or as in depth as you prefer. Use an individual product or combine them together to simplify your steps. www.drunkelephant.com

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BEAUTY Don’t forget to protect your hair part from those damaging sun rays! Supergoop has you covered, literally, with their POOF PART POWDER, SPF 45. www.supergoop.com

Get the beach hair texture you want this summer with SEA SPRAY, SEA SHAMPOO & SEA CONDITIONER from Verb! Live your best mermaid hair dreams with this perfect combo. www.verbproducts.com

Dazzle while smelling divine with SUN SAINT SHIMMER MIST and MERRY MAKER perfumes from Pinrose. www.pinrose.com

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TRAVEL

Resort living, On the Range STORY BY ERICA TODD PHOTOS BY SARAH BEAUREGARD

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“I really want people to come here to get renewed and when I come here that is exactly how I feel.”

- Sarah Beauregard

If you have ever made the trip out to Bristol, Texas you know that your drive will be filled with picturesque views of homesteads, livestock and in the spring Ellis County’s iconic bluebonnets. With just a quick drive down I-45 you can find this small town gem 10 miles outside of Ennis and just under 20 miles from Waxahachie. The population is around 700 but soon will occupy more guests if Sarah Beauregard from The Range Resort has anything to do with it. Sarah and her husband Paul are set to open The Range Resort, a Airstream and Vintage Trailer Resort in October 2019. The Range itself is 30 acres and is the perfect place to pop over for a quick overnight stay or a weekend getaway.

The Range includes 20 full hook up concrete sites that contain patio areas in each one. Don’t own an Airstream or vintage trailer? There is no need to worry. The Range has you covered with nine of the pads already occupying Sarah and Paul’s very own vintage trailers they restored. Their trailers range from the 1950s to 1970s with the likes of Airstreams, Boles Aeros, Shasta, Ideal and more. Each model having just as many unique touches as the next! If you ask which one is the Beauregard’s favorite, they won’t be able to tell you, and once you step foot in one of these intricately restored trailers, you will understand why.

ties to the area from family and neighbors. So why Bristol? Sarah says that their neighbors had lived in the area before and recommended they go take a look. Once they drove around and saw all that it had to offer Sarah was sold at the idea of putting the resort in the quaint, little town. The Range Resort itself is welcoming and warm as you pull into the entry off of Slate Rock Road. It is there that you will be met with a smile from Sarah and her family. Listening to the Beauregard’s thoughtful planning and details for the resort will entice you to get packing.

The experience at the resort is made even more superior because each site is spaciously placed 100 feet in between the next one so you will have more than enough privacy when vacationing there. When asked how they got the idea to begin this resort, Sarah responded: “We could not find any place close to us to take our Airstream for the weekend, so we thought why not make one ourselves?” The Beauregard family currently lives in Dallas but has

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Once you are there, you will have no reason to leave as the nicely paved roads of the 30 acres has everything you need during your stay. Amenities range from a bathhouse that includes a laundry mat, mercantile style store, coffee shop, restaurant, dog park, playground, stocked ponds for fishing bass, hiking trail, WiFi and a large barn for weddings and or corporate retreats. Areas for outdoor weddings can be found throughout the scenic acres. “We really tried to pack everything we would want as guests into the resort.” The Beauregard’s are seasoned “Airstreamers” and have traveled all over the country in their very own trailers. They surveyed “Airstream Addicts” from the beginning (what she likes to call their secret resource group on Facebook), so they know what most guests are looking for during their stay and with all the luxurious amenities who wouldn’t want to go visit The Range? For Sarah and her family, this journey started three years ago, and now, the opening day is just around the corner. “We have plans to add a garden and some other fun elements, but we really plan on listening to the needs and wants of our guests. If they want more vintage trailers to stay in, we will bring in more; if they would rather bring in their own, we will move ours out. It’s all about what they want.” Sarah also added that she wants to work with the community in sustaining the future of the resort and plans on doing this by having pop-up shops from local merchants in the mercantile and using local farmers in the restaurant. The Range Resort will no doubt be one of the happiest, love-filled places in Bristol as Sarah and her family aim to serve the community and all guests that check in from near and far. “I have been so amazed at our following and support on social media. People have traveled not only from the Dallas/ Fort Worth area but also from North Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico and Wisconsin to see us here and that has completely blown me away. They are what has kept me going toward our goal.” Follow the Beauregard’s journey on Facebook and Instagram where you can find what the latest happenings are and all the improvements being made leading up their opening.

Visit The Range! Facebook.com/The RangeResort Instagram @therangeresort

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Holland Dairy that housed 124 Cows.

FROM HOLLAND

to Waxahachie

Meet Kars Tamminga Born in Holland to an entrepreneurial family, Kars Tamminga grew up in the dairy industry. He got to Texas as soon as he could after deciding to carry on the family business and bring his expertise to Waxahachie in 1984. Now he is moving into a new phase and developing his land to give future homeowners a chance to live in the beautiful Pioneer Point neighborhood.

A New Chapter

Kars is a family man and has great support from his wife and children. They are all woven into this business and lifestyle that started while he was a Holland Dairyman. Having been here in Waxahachie for 35 years, he is excited about this new concept and challenge in knowing the good he is doing in developing new homes for other families and providing a place to create new memories at Pioneer Point. A lifelong soccer player, he continues to play his favorite sport in a 60 and older league.

The Holland Dairyman

Tamminga traveled all over Europe to learn about the various cultures and lifestyles before returning to Holland to start his own dairy farm. Beginning with 39 mature cows in 1966 and growing his farm to 240 by 1984. While traveling abroad to explore opportunities for expansion, his dairy needed help, and a woman answered an ad for a job. Grace and Kars met and “that was that,” he says, that was in 1966 and they were married a year later. They will be celebrating 52 years of marriage this year. They have four children who were raised in Waxahachie but visited Holland often during their childhood.

A Man Moves West

Waxahachie came on Tamminga’s radar after seeing an ad for real estate in the newspaper. The ad was placed by the brother of a friend, and he was inspired to visit the US. He returned and sold his land in 1979, deciding to bring his young family to Texas and open a new dairy. The new dairy began with 400 cows, grew to 800 and by 2014 he had 1600 cows producing in Waxahachie.

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Meet Kars Tamminga.


Introducing...

Photo by Thomas Adams

LIVE AT PIONEER POINT Located 6 miles west of Waxahachie, Pioneer Point is a prime location for your future home. Each lot is one acre. Ten homes have already been built and more are coming soon! The development includes a four acre pond with a fountain feature. 74 lots are available now with more lots to be developed soon. The development will have an HOA.

Serving Ellis County &Â Surrounding Areas

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Brett Hess Photo by Thomas Adams

Pioneer Point nestled in the Waxahachie countryside!

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Celebrating Mom Moming is hard, yall! Right? I have such a love and passion for parents doing this selfless job of raising little humans. With this in mind, i wanted to find a way to give back to the community by loving on a mom that desperately needed a makeover!

We put out the call on social media and got so many deserving mom nominations. It was so difficult to narrow it down, yet one letter stood out. In his nomination letter, her husband praised our recipient’s devotion to others but lamented that it left her little time for her own pursuits. She had attempted to decorate their bedroom with items she’d been given and had found at garage sales, but the project kept getting put on the back burner.  Little wonder! She had been commuting more than an hour to her job as area director for a foster child agency, where she worked over 60 hours per week–and was on call 24/7!

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STORY BY COURTNEY WARREN PHOTOS BY SIERRA SUMMER

She and her husband have fostered seven children with special needs, and are also in the adoption process! Can you spell S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D? This busy mother of three was definitely worthy of a room makeover, he told us. Having moved far from family, she needed an oasis in her new home. When this selfless child advocate was chosen as our winning entry, we were absolutely delighted to oblige!

A priceless reaction captured as the couple returned home to see their new Master Bedroom.

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Loving all this pink from The Doves Nest, F lower Artwork & Pom Throw

My goal was to take this decor from dated and tired to light and dreamy. With a serene new gray on the walls, I reserved any “distress” for the mahogany nightstands, which had been refreshed with white chalk paint by Relic + Root. Then I visually extended the lamp height with some vintage white shutters. The shutters also add some texture, as do the wood and chippy wall art and tactile fabrics Every girl likes a little pink, but to keep it from being too feminine, I just used accents of pink and paired it with black in the pillows and rug. Bring nature in whenever you can! Fresh or faux flowers add color and life to any room. And botanical prints are everywhere this season!  You can even download them from the internet and print them out.

Have you been to Board & Brush Waxahachie? She had the best time creating her “Mr. & Mrs.” sign that adds a personable touch to the room. Have you tried this trick to give your art more size and presence? Hang it inside a larger open frame (in this case an old window frame from Waxahachie Architectural Salvage)! I also tied in the black with the gingham platter. Yes, you can use plates for art anywhere in the house! The result was a room she adored and a much more lovely current space. The reveal was so much fun and she was thrilled with the outcome.  It was a delight to contribute to this local project for someone who serves families in our community! Many thanks to the businesses who contributed to make it happen! It could not have been put together without the generous local businesses  in Ellis County. They gave generously to make this room happen for this deserving Mom.  Is there someone in your home that needs a lovely & peaceful place to lay your head? There are so many easy options to help you create a beautiful space. Contact me and let’s talk!

HUGE THANK YOU TO THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS: Doves Nest | Board & Brush Relic + Root | Multitudes Copper Rose Waxahachie Architectural Salvage The Courtney Warren Home Team  See more photos on Perfect distressed plant pedestal from Copper Rose wwww.living-magazine.com

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Courtney is an an award-winning interior designer who specializes in decorating, renovation & home staging to help stuck people adore their home. She loves her Waxahachie historic cottage and have been published 3 times in National magazines for Better Homes and Garden’s Special Publications. She lives in her 5th renovated historic home in Waxahachie with her 2 boys & husband, who is a local pastor. Her and Joel love creating beauty so much that they just launched Screen Door Home Company, where they renovate to restore beauty to historic homes around Ellis County. You will find her wearing flip flops rather than heels and drinking a Sonic Diet Dr. Pepper. She loves to make new friends so come say hi around town! Follow her daily projects on Instagram at @courtneywarrenhome & @ screendoorhomeco and see her work at courtneywarren.com. LIVING-MAGAZINE.COM // SUMMER 2019


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JUNE 1ST & 2ND, 2019 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.GINGERBREADTRAIL.NET

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Feeling Fanciful with Friends! STORY AND PHOTOS BY HEIDI HOOD F eeling F anciful , LLC,

is delighted to bring everyone ’ s

favorite fairytale characters from afar , now traveling

Ellis County and visiting birthday parties and special events – singing , dancing , storytelling , and of course , sprinkling pixie dust everywhere they go !

We were fortunate enough to catch an interview with the famous Little Mermaid as she was passing through town to one of her parties in Waxahachie: What inspired you and your fellow royals to start attending parties on land?

Everyone deserves at least one dream to come true in their lifetime! Since my fellow royals and I have all experienced the most wonderful dreams come true, we thought that we should all get together and go make dreams come true for our friends in nearby kingdoms. Then, when we heard about Feeling Fanciful, and their mission to help feed hungry children and give them a better future, we knew we had to be a part of that. And birthday parties and special events seemed like just the way to do it!

What do you enjoy most about attending parties and meeting new people with your new-found legs?

It has to be seeing the smiles on so many faces! I love making new friends, and making dreams come true is one of my favorite things to do. Creating those magical memories that will last a lifetime is priceless to me!

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Who are your fairytale friends?

Oh I’m friends with almost every fairytale creature everywhere, and we all get together frequently. The Snow Sisters host banquets and royal balls for all of us at their castle now that the gates are open up there. Beauty always manages to bring some sort of intriguing story for everyone, while Snow White brings her apple-free pie, and by the time Sleeping Beauty wakes up from her nap and Cinderella finds her slipper we all start twirling the night away. We have connections to pretty much every fairytale friend there is and they all love entertaining parties!

How can we invite you to our party?

Oh, this is the best part! So instead of sending a pigeon to try to reach us, our friends at Feeling Fanciful have made it super easy for you to invite us to your party. All you do is visit feelingfanciful. com (they call it a web site, I think) and follow step by step to pick your party experience and invite us from there!

What other types of events do you do besides birthday parties? We love visiting large public events or private tea parties, too – or any other event with fanciful friends for that matter! We have created experiences for special events where we get

to sing and socialize and take portraits with everyone. I think we decided to call them Meet & Greets… But anyway, we have hosted several of those at different special events, and they’re the best!

What would you say to anyone who is considering inviting you to their party? We want to be part of your world, and we promise to give you a party that is fintastic with magic and memories! Every time you party with us, dreams also come true for a child in need. Once you’ve invited us, we spend several hours in preparation for your special day in order to bring the most memorable, enchanting experience for everyone. We hope you’ll invite us because we can’t wait to celebrate with you and make so many dreams come true!


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HOME & GARDEN

MAY

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Plant heat-loving annuals including copper plant, firebush, gomphrena, lantana, pentas, purple fountaingrass and ornamental sweet potato in sunny areas. In shady spots, plant caladiums, begonias, coleus, impatiens (mildew-resistant types). Seeds of celosia, cosmos, marigold, morning glory, portulaca and zinnia can be sown directly in the beds. Keep seeded area moist until seeds germinate. Achimenes, cannas, dahlias and other summer flowering bulbs can be planted now. Establish new lawns before summer heat sets in. Sow seeded varieties of Bermudagrass early in the month; or sod Bermuda or St. Augustine grass. Water daily for first few weeks to develop a good root system.

BY MELINDA KOCIAN {ELLIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ASSSOCIATION}

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Feed fruit trees, perennials, annuals, ground covers and vines with a lawn fertilizer (3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio). Fertilize tomatoes and most other vegetables every other week for productive and vigorous plants. Manually thin the fruit on peaches, pears, plums and apples to 5-6 inches apart early in the month. Prune spring-flowering shrubs and vines soon after flowering. Keep the natural shape of the plant in mind as you prune, and avoid excessive cutting except where necessary to control size. Deadhead roses and other reblooming plants. Allow foliage of daffodils and other springflowering bulbs to mature and yellow before removing.

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Look for squash bugs in early morning. Destroy eggs found on underside of leaves by hand. Vegetable pests can often be controlled by mechanical, biological or organic means rather than by synthetic pesticides. Watch for bagworms on junipers and other narrow-leafed evergreens. Apply Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) or general insecticide at first sign of larvae feeding. Remember that once the bag has formed, your only option is to manually pull them off. Make initial application of Image® or SedgeHammer® to control nutsedge in established warm-season lawns.

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Extreme Use of Fish - Aquaponics is a soilless combination of fish and plant production using aquaculture and hydroponics systems. The fish supply an all-natural fertilizer source and then are harvested as a food source. Tilapia is the most common type of fish used in this production with catfish being second. Aquaponics uses one-sixth the amount of water to grow eight times more food compared to traditional agriculture and by eliminating soil, soil borne diseases are also eliminated.

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Allow bluebonnets and other reseeding, annual wildflowers to die and the seeds to dry before mowing the stubble. Delay mowing until end of growing season if other wildflowers are growing in the area. Check tomatoes for signs of early blight (yellow blotches on lower leaves). Apply a labeled fungicide if needed. Keep soil adequately moist to prevent blossom-end rot (browned tissue on bloom end of fruit)

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HOME & GARDEN tips for . . .

JUNE PLANTING

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Buy and plant crape myrtles in bloom to be sure you are getting the desired color. Know the variety’s mature size to avoid future pruning. Ask for varieties that are resistant to powdery mildew. This is the best time to plant vinca (periwinkle) in full sun. Look for the variety ‘Cora’ since it is resistant to soil-borne diseases. Water with drip irrigation or soaker hose to keep water off foliage. Plant these tropical annuals for their flowers: tropical hibiscus, ‘Gold Star’ esperanza, mandevilla and Mexican heather. Use croton, bougainvillea and variegated tapioca for their foliage color. June is the time to select day lily varieties as they reach peak bloom.

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excessive growth which means more water and mowing! Fertilize container plants and hanging baskets with a water-soluble fertilizer every week or two. Prune back autumn sage and mealy cup sage by one-third their size. Deadhead salvias, as well as annuals and perennials, to stimulate new growth to allow the plant to continue re-blooming until late fall. Continue to prune as necessary, fallblooming plants such as Mexican bush sage, mountain sage, Mexican mint marigold, copper canyon daises, asters and mums to keep them compact and to prevent buds from forming prematurely. Don’t prune after September 1 when buds begin to form. Remove flower stalks on coleus, caladiums, lamb’s ear and basil before buds open. This will promote new leaf growth.

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overgrown plants that need to be removed; or possibly, areas that can be converted to more family-friendly activities. Save this information for implementation later in the year or next spring. Control aphids on crape myrtles with a strong spray of water. Spider mites can be troublesome, especially on tomatoes. Treat with an appropriate organic or synthetic pesticide. Control webworms in pecan and other trees using a pole pruner. Remove while webs are small. Wrap the trunks of newly-planted shumard oak and Chinese pistache trees to prevent sunscald and borers.

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Take a critical look at your landscape while at the height of summer development. Make notes on how the landscape can be better arranged; plants that need replacement,

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to promote late-summer growth and fall blooms. Apply same fertilizer to boost summer annuals and fall-flowering perennials. Light pruning of erratic spring growth may be done to maintain the natural form. Dead and diseased wood from trees and shrubs should be removed. Major pruning should be postponed until mid-winter. Deadhead all blooming plants. Remove dead leaves and spent blooms from container plants.

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lays her eggs. Galls are harmless since the insect doesn’t feed on plant tissues. Watch for lawn pests. Dry, light-colored areas in sunny parts of St. Augustine are probably the result of chinch bugs (small black insects with a white diamond on their backs). Apply Merit (imidacloprid) or other labeled insecticide. Grub worms are the culprits if the turf turns brown and easily comes up when pulled on. Treat with a granular insecticide. Rapid death of established landscape plants and orchard trees during the summer may signify the presence of cotton root rot, a soil-borne fungal disease common in our calcareous clay soils. Since there is no effective control, verification by the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab at Texas A&M (http://plantclinic.tamu.edu) will help you know what plants can be used as replacements.


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MEDICAL

A Major Pain in the Joints

BY BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE MEDICAL CENTER - WAXAHACHIE

When you think of costly health conditions, what comes to mind? Heart disease? Diabetes? Obesity? Probably not arthritis. However, arthritis is among the most widespread, costliest – but often overlooked – conditions affecting Americans. According to a 2013 National Institutes of Health study, 55 million adults in the United States had physician-diagnosed arthritis costing an estimated $300 billion, including medical expenses and lost wages. Many people think of arthritis as pain in the joints that only old people get. That’s another misconception. “There are more than 100 types of joint diseases that affect men and women of all ages,” explains Sunny Patel, MD, a rheumatologist on the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie medical staff. “Understanding the type of arthritis is a crucial step in preventing and treating long-term complications.” In broadest terms, there are two categories of arthritis: osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. DIFFERENT PATHS, DIFFERENT PLACES The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which results from the breakdown of cartilage located at the ends of bones. This leads to uneven joint movement, loss of shock absorption and bone rubbing against bone. Inflammatory arthritis – such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and

gout – are caused by the body’s own immune system attacking and inflaming joint tissue. Dr. Patel says that osteoarthritis mostly affects larger joints like the knees and hips and is usually acquired over the course of a lifetime, particularly in those who are obese, with prior trauma to the joint or have jobs requiring repetitive movements. Inflammatory arthritis more frequently attacks smaller joints like those in the hand, wrist or foot, and the causes behind it can be more complex. “Patients with inflammatory arthritis are often genetically predisposed individuals who are thought to have an environmental or infectious trigger activate the underlying disease process leading to joint destruction,” says Dr. Patel. Treating this form of arthritis often involves immunosuppressant medications. There are limited treatment options for osteoarthritis. For patients with severe cases, joint replacement may be an option. However, Dr. Patel says that physical and occupational therapy also can help patients with all forms of the disease. SUMMER LIVING During the summer months, people are often more active especially outdoors. Light to moderate activity is important for patients with arthritis. “Patients think – or maybe have even been told – that they shouldn’t do activity if they have arthritis. In fact, it’s the opposite,” advises Dr.

Physicians provide clinical services as members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and do not provide clinical services as employees or agents of those medical centers or Baylor Scott & White Health.

Patel. “Rheumatologists encourage patients with all types of arthritis to engage in activity and exercise.” Patients with arthritis shouldn’t exercise to the point of pain, but they should do what they can. Dr. Patel recommends stretching for 1015 minutes before exercising, staying hydrated to prevent cramps and, for those with arthritis, wearing shoe insoles or other support devices that help lessen stress on joints. “Pool exercises are great because you’re not putting a lot of load-bearing weight on your joints,” he adds. For patients who are overweight with – or at risk of – osteoarthritis, exercising also can be an important part of a weight-loss program. And it doesn’t take drastic weight loss to improve joint health. Weight loss of just five percent translates into a 20 percent improvement in function, making it a great investment in both joint and overall health. TIME TO SEE A SPECIALIST? Dr. Patel says that over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, rest and heating pads can help with the occasional joint pain nearly everyone experiences at some point. However, a call to your primary doctor or rheumatologist is in order for people experiencing: »» »» »» »» »»

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LA FIN

I have shared our story many times over the years, but as we celebrate the 25th year of owning the Doves Nest, I find myself reflecting on our incredible journey. My mom, Marilyn Goss, had a popular little shop next door to the Ellis County Museum, where she had sold her artwork and gifts for several years, when in 1992 my husband and I opened a little restaurant in the back of her store. We had a tiny kitchen with household appliances and found our tables were quickly filled everyday with customers that loved our lunches and many more waiting to be seated. We began preparing as much food as possible each morning with a sweet little lady who would tirelessly appear to bake homemade pies, cakes and cobblers. Wondering if we had taken on too much of a task, each month was beginning to get easier when one afternoon two ladies walked in and made us an offer that would ultimately change our lives. Built in 1913, the ladies had purchased the Moore Hardware store building one block south of the square. They opened a tea room alongside one of the first antique mall concepts in the area. Sadly, after a couple of years their partnership soured and they no longer wanted to be in business together. They asked us if we might be interested in buying their building. We certainly needed more space, but as a newly married couple we hadn’t yet bought our first home, much less a commercial property. We graciously thanked the ladies, but declined their offer. The next day one of their husbands came in asking if he were to co-sign a bank loan would we reconsider the offer. By the third day we found ourselves the new owners of a 12,000

Let’s Celebrate!

square foot historic building. When I think back on the transaction it’s overwhelming. We didn’t even know this man. He was just trying to end a bad situation for his wife, but for us it was a blessed beginning.

The next few months were spent renovating the space that once housed the saddle and tack portion of the hardware store and what is still to this day the Doves Nest Restaurant. Twenty five years later the hand painted artwork on the ochre walls and the black and white tile floors is still the same. We went from serving about 30 people per day to feeding over 100 hungry mouths six days a week. Over the years we have had many famous people dine with us, but our favorite patrons are the ones who have raised their children on our chicken apricot salad and who are now bringing their own children, three generations later, to experience the Doves Nest. In the spring of 1998, we renovated the second floor loft and built a home that we have enjoyed and currently share with our Rottweiler, Elsa. Living above our business has made for an easy commute to work and Elsa even comes downstairs with me each day to help in my office. Along the way we have catered countless weddings, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners and corporate events. Our award winning cookbook is now in its fifth printing, having sold over 40,000 copies and winning the National Writers Digest grand prize award for selfpublished books. We have been written up in numerous publications and received the highest accolades in the Dallas Morning News, coined

the phrase, “It’s Worth Flying South” in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and been voted by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the top ten best small town restaurants in the state. I think what has made our business unique is the combination of our restaurant as well as our store, which has blossomed from predominately antiques into home accents, clothing, gifts and gourmet food items. It has made the Doves Nest a destination for tourists and a beloved experience for locals. I love buying and decorating the store each season, but would never be able to do it without the help of incredibly talented and loyal ladies, most of whom have worked with us for many years. It’s hard to believe that two Dallas city kids have been so blessed to not only have a business in Waxahachie for a quarter of a century, but to be a part of a wonderful community with such special people. We have so many memories and so much to be thankful for. You just never know what opportunities might come your way when you least expect it.

SOUTH COLLEGE STREET - CIRCA 1920 COURTESY OF ELLIS COUNTY MUSEUM

Cindy Burch and her husband, Andrew, own and operate The Doves Nest in historic downtown Waxahachie. Cindy is also a freelance writer, caterer and consultant. Her award-winning cookbook, “The Doves Nest Restaurant: New American Recipes From A Historic Texas Town,” is in its fifth printing. Cindy Burch

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