Sunday, July 21, 2013

Where do we go now, Dixie Chic???

Over the past year, Darling Husband and I have been trying to decide what to do or where to go with this little "Dixie Chic" thing. It has been a busy year for me and I have missed writing (researching/exploring) and Darling Husband loves it when I write and create new things! He says my creative juices flow when I am "in that element"... and possibly that "element" flows into our meals, making them a little tastier!!

I am, however, happiest when I am creating new, and what I think, are lovely things! Whether it be a blogpost or a simple craft for my child. It may not be lovely to other's eyes and/or ears, but it is lovely in my heart!

In saying that, our thoughts were to maybe take "Dixie Chic" to the next level by creating a retail website or even open a retail location. Possibly a mobile truck...but too much travel without my family!! However, it takes a lot of time and effort, and that sometimes takes away those creative juices in my head. The stress behind it all, that is. And, to find a really good Store Manger is hard to come by (and, the process of balancing a checkbook - ugg!)

On top of that, there are a lot of nice retail locations in our area and I don't like to compete!! Not saying it may not happen someday...just not today!

So, we have decided to keep it simple one more year...or so!! And, to that, comes Social Media! What an amazing tool Social Media has become for so many who use it! Whether it be for business or is the new way to market ANYTHING!!

I read a great article today off of Jeff Bulla's Twitter blog titled "7 Marketing Trends You Should Not Ignore" proving that Social Media is the wave of the future for marketing any and all things. And, there are so many different ways to accomplish it...Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Slideshare...I can't keep up with all of them! Even Ebay and Etsy!! But, it has brought many people success, fame (not a fan, but look what happened to Justin Bieber) and even possibly for some, simply happiness!

And, that is what it does for me...pure happiness! I don't wish to seek fame or fortune, but a "like" here and there is great!! I do however, enjoy promoting businesses in the area, finding good recipes to share, learning about new products and, of course, being able to follow my friends and favorite designers in their everyday life! I have become a big lover of Instagram, Pinterest and starting to figure out Twitter a little more (trying to phase out of Facebook - too much drama, politics, etc!). And, actually becoming a little obsessed with the @RoyalBabyWatch on Twitter!!

But, my little blog is fun, and I enjoy reading others. I am amazed that I have over 1,500 "viewers"(according to my blog stats) and I will have to say that most of them came from posting on Facebook, and now Instagram! Yes, I started it anonymously, just to spark interest, and I think it may have worked. But, over the years, if you know me, I hope you have figured out who this "Dixie Chic" really is!! Let's see what happens!! Any thoughts?!?! 

Until the next post!! Have a great Sunday!!


Dixie Chic

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Where has the summer gone..let the RAIN (or Reign!) tell you!!!

Hello friends! It has been too long! For those of you who know me personally, you know that I have been pretty busy this past year. And, you know that I have longed for an easy, long, lazy summer! Well...that has not yet happened!! It has flown by! And, from what I hear, most of you agree!!

It has flown by, yes, but it has been a great one! Lots of fun last minute trips (thanks to Darling Husband's occupation, many trips are planned last minute, a bit frustrating to the planner...which is me), visits from friends and loved ones and most importantly, lots of down time with my little family of four! Making memories are what summers are all about, and unfortunately, lots of those memories this summer have included RAIN!!!

For example, the one trip we planned (last minute, of course) for just our little brood, IT RAINED!! Except for the day we checked-out, of course! Isn't that what the travel agent side of Mother Nature plans for us? Make sure it is pretty the day they leave so they can remember and make plans to return very soon!
My son is suddenly obsessed with family cook-outs that involve other families (most of which include several of his little counter-parts). For each one, IT RAINED!!
Each date night Darling Husband and I have planned so we can get out for a little adult conversation, I can get out of my LuLu Lemon for once and put on some heels, IT RAINED!!
Darling Husband, has had a crazy, busy summer with work (which is a good thing, so that Mommy can plan all those last minute get-a-ways). And, on days he can get away from the hustle and bustle, he likes to spend those days on our boat. But, every time, IT RAINED!!
And, for me, I am not one to have a scheduled babysitter during the summer days. But, of course on the days that I just need to get someone over to watch the munchkins (preferably someone young and cute, is what Superboy requires) so I can run to my favorite (mommy) stores in town, IT RAINED!! Thank God for my awesome Hunter Boots!!

So, on these days (even weeks) that we are stuck inside with the threat of a downpour, or the downpour itself, the kiddos and I have been doing lots of Summer Cleaning!!! And, the kids love it! They are finding all kids of "new things" they forgot they had!! They are simply amazed!! Mother Nature's wrath does have a good side to it! Who needs a Target, when you have an entire upstairs for free...they are cute little Minions!! 

And, what has Mommy been doing on these rainy days? Well, the weekly cleaning of the unruly closet (my daughter's closet is bigger than mine...she will appreciate that one day). Reading new books, trying new recipes (Darling Husband and I are on a health kick - no fried okra - boo!), re-decorating/re-arranging the house, posting on Instagram (love drama...just pictures) and of course, last minute trip planning!! So fun being a travel agent to places I have never been before and begging places to give us a table even though we should have booked it 6 weeks ago. But, very excited! And, of course, I have been obsessing over some online shopping! Shopbop continues to be my go-to place (love the Editor's Picks) but my new favorite is Intermix. I could buy everything on their website...if I were the Queen of England!!

Speaking of Royalty, who is not on Royal Baby Watch? I mean the pressure of this child, and he or she has not even been born yet. Yes, we all love Princess Kate, beauty, grace, charm, and married to a handsome Prince, to someday be a King. And, she seems to still be incredibly humble! But, after saying all of that, I could not imagine the world waiting on me to give birth! I have done it twice and loved every minute of it, but the second everyone left my room and it was just me and my little bambino looking up at me with those big blue eyes...nothing else in the world mattered!!! PURE BLISS and I wish the same for Princess Kate and her handsome Wills! May no one rain (or reign!) on their parade!! God Save The Queen!! 

Happy rest of the summer everyone!! Make the best of it!!


Dixie Chic