Beauty Tips from a Southern Belle

  There are just a handful of products that every belle keeps stocked in her beauty cabinet. One of those products is vaseline. This household item has multiple uses, everything from beauty to the home.

  1. Use in place of shaving cream
  2. Gloss lips
  3. Keeps cuticles soft
  4. Tame unruly eyebrows
  5. Lengthen and strengthen eyelashes
  6. Moisturizes chapped hands
  7. Removes makeup
  8. Shrinks pores
  9. Distresses furniture
  10. Repairs scratched CDs and DVDS
  11. Makes perfume last longer
  12. Apply to inside of pumpkin after craving at Halloween to last longer

Trust me, vaseline is a can’t miss product, that you will want to always have on hand. I know I do 🙂

 

Southern Cornbeard

Been stuck in the house these past few days, due to the winter storm? If you are like me, you are probably starting to get cabin fever. An easy cure for this “disease” is to cook.

Hopefully this quick recipe for cornbread will make it to your dinner table tonight.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp. plain yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet (cast iron is the best). Once melted, set aside for now.
  3. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt in a bowl.
  4. Mix eggs and buttermilk in a separate bowl. Then, combine with dry mixture until smooth.
  5. Add in melted butter
  6. Pour batter into skillet. Bake for 30 to 33 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip: Charleston, S.C.

Charleston 1 CBC

What better place to start our “A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip” than with Charleston, South Carolina? I gave you most of the inside scoop when the city was featured in a regular “A Southern State of Mind” post, back in June. (For a quick refresher, visit: http://bit.ly/1IYJbJD. Places to visit and restaurants are featured in the following posts.)

For today’s stop in the Holy City, here are five inside tips that are must-try:

  1. Weekday rates for hotels are often cheaper than weekends. If your schedule allows, come to Charleston during the week. My past trip was a Tuesday-Thursday and I loved it! For all of the places I visited, there was little to no wait.
  2. Look for special packages if you plan on doing a carriage ride, tours of plantations or museums, or the South Carolina Aquarium.
  3. You don’t have to stay in the heart of the city. Check out a hotel on the outskirts or North Charleston. Lower hotel rates are always a favorite.
  4. Walk the city! Save on gas and a get a little exercise. Trust me, you’ll see a TON more if you get out of the car.
  5. Go to the Charleston City Market (The Old City Market) FIRST thing in the morning, right after it opens. You’ll get first pick over all the vendors. Plus, the crowd’s still small, so there’s more room to shop.

Next stop, Savannah!

A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip

South August 14

Before another summer wraps up, there is still time for one more roadtrip. What better destination than the South? I’ll introduce you to each spot and give you the insider tips in this special “A Southern State of Mind” series.

My perfect Southern summer roadtrip would include these 10 places:

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Savannah, Georgia
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana
  4. Fort Worth, Texas
  5. Nashville, Tennessee
  6. Williamsburg, Virginia
  7. Boone, North Carolina
  8. Orlando, Florida
  9. Tupelo, Mississippi
  10. Louisville, Kentucky

Man Crush Monday, Country Style

August 10

Who doesn’t love a little Chris Young on this Man Crush Monday? Here are my top 5 favorite songs by the “Neon” singer.

“Aw Naw”

“Tomorrow”

“Text Me Texas”

“Voices”

“I’m Comin’ Over”

Reasons Why I Love “Growing Up Southern”

july 28(A Southern belle can never have too many bows, right??)

My childhood can be described as summers spent outside, chasing fireflies and falls spent at the county fair, enjoying the simple things in life. There are many things I could pick out that I love about my childhood, yet, I always come back to my ultimate favorite-I was able to grow up in the South.

Growing up Southern is a privilege, in my opinion. Yes, I am a little bias, because this is the only place I’ve grown up. Growing up Southern is more than just celebrating the different seasons or food. Growing up Southern is about the people, manners, and lessons learned.

Here are 12 reasons why I love growing up in the South.

1: Respect for elders is one of the most important things.

2: Also, respect for your momma and daddy is crucial.

3: Almost every sentence should include a “ma’am” or “sir.”

4: It is better to overdress for any occasion. (Football games, church, you name it-overdress.)

5: Handwritten letters don’t go out of style.

6: Your family will always support you and will always be the most important thing in your life.

7: In the summer, curfews are dictated by lightning bugs.

8: Southern food is the best and you will learn how to cook your grandma’s recipes by the time you are 20.

9: There is no need to be in a rush for everything.

10: Southern hospitality is a way of life that you will master by the time you are also 20.

11: School is cancelled when the first flakes of snow fall.

12: You wouldn’t want to grow up anywhere else but in the South.