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Shop Local This Year … 2023 is upon us! A new year means starting fresh and doing away with the old. It also means setting goals as the calendar starts over. One of my goals is to shop locally made products more! Big chain stores don’t need us, but small businesses around the area do. There are so many great items you can purchase that originate from right here in Texarkana and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with you! … Oakcreek Furniture … For 18 years now, their American Made furniture has been handcrafted to the highest possible quality!

TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius
Green Smoothie … Combine each ingredient, along with a large scoop of ice, in a blender and mix until smooth. Smoothies are a great meal replacement or afternoon treat. Enjoy! … INGREDIENTSHigh-quality whey protein—Whey Protein promotes muscle growth. It is highly satiating (filling) which may help reduce hunger, and it can help with weight loss by keeping you feeling fuller longer. … 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder or peanut butter—Peanut butter is loaded with health-promoting nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium, and vitamin B6.

Presenting the 2022 Texarkana Cotillion Debutantes

photos by Matt Cornelius
Nine debutantes, dressed in traditional gowns and carrying bouquets of red roses, were presented to society on December 28, 2022, at Texarkana Country Club. John Crisp, master of ceremonies, introduced each young lady as she stepped from the dais. Vicki Carr and Andrea Finley played the chosen debut song for each debutante as she and her escort circled the room. This season was coordinated by Miss Blaire Barlow. … … Trinity Marie Tutolo … Miss Trinity Marie Tutolo is the daughter of Mr. Derek Tutolo and Mrs. Heather Barnette and the stepdaughter of Mr. James Barnette Jr.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Molly Kendrick
For the last several months, my response when discussing many topics has been, “I’m just treading water into 2023.” Well, here we are. It is time to stop treading water and start swimming.

TXK Holiday Fashion

Celebrate in style and shop local for all your holiday looks. Warm and cozy, chic and casual or full of sparkle, our hometown businesses have you covered. With the return of in-person celebrations and family gatherings, these looks will make a statement at any Christmas event or New Year’s Eve party. Find your inspiration right here and get it all from the trendy stores of Texarkana!


The Monthly Mix

Holiday Bar CartWhat better way to get yourself into the holly jolly spirit than by decking your bar cart with fun Christmas touches? I love to change mine up for each season and upcoming holiday. I focus on outfitting my bar cart with both practical and fun elements. For this season’s bar cart I’m incorporating whimsical decor and drinks for both children and adults to enjoy. Cheers!Velvet Light Bulb Garland … I love the fun pop of color this garland adds to the cart! A bonus is that they are not breakable like typical light bulbs, so they are child friendly.

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USPS Operation Santa® … How to write the perfect letter to Santa.

Letters must be postmarked no later than December 12!


If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Matt Cornelius
A Different Kind of Christmas List … I discovered a love for running in college but since having children, my choice of exercise shifted towards higher intensity activities I could accomplish in smaller amounts of time. My work out routine also shifted and became not-as-frequent. So, here we are. As our kids are getting older and require less constant supervision, I reintroduced myself to running.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
We may not be on a first name basis with all of them, but our United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS workers know a lot about our personal lives. They know where we live and what is coming in and going out of our mailboxes.” … Delivery people bring my groceries every week, my rented clothes, and the bills that need to be paid to keep my family functioning.

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photo by Matt Cornelius
Setting the Table

Tips for a lovely Thanksgiving table

… • Start by making a plan. Casual table or formal table? Plated meal, family style, or buffet? Color palette? • Add natural elements to the table. This can be a simple bouquet of flowers from the grocery store placed in a pretty rose bowl, potted rosemary plants, fresh cuttings from the yard, or pumpkins and gourds down the center of the table. Small pumpkins can be used for place cards, or use a sprig of rosemary as a napkin ring. • The most beautiful tables are layered.

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