Life & Style

Child's Play

Children’s rooms, spaces, and places

Parents seek to provide their children with spaces that inspire creativity, nurture imaginations, and offer safe havens for play and rest. Designing kids’ rooms, nurseries, play areas, and reading spaces becomes an opportunity to let imaginations soar. Explore ideas to transform your spaces into magical wonderlands for boys and girls, making their childhood memories even more cherished.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
Making a House a Home … When you were growing up, was there a house where you and your friends always went to hang out, and no matter the day or time, you were always welcomed with open arms? There always seemed to be snacks or a meal at the ready, and you always knew your place at the table would be set. … Maybe you were blessed enough for your house to be the home where all your friends wanted to congregate after a ball game or school dance.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
In a world where finding matching socks is a daily adventure, we present to you an issue as cozy as your favorite pair. We are diving into the topic that tugs at our heartstrings and Wi-Fi signals—yes, you guessed it, the fabulous realm we call home! … Home is like that warm, fuzzy sweater you never want to take off, or that secret stash of chocolate you hope no one else discovers. Our homes are like divine blessings wrapped in paint (or wallpaper, if you are feeling adventurous). … Who needs a therapist when you have a couch that listens. Am I right?

The Monthly Mix

Smells Like Home … There is no better feeling after a long day than walking into a fantastic smelling home. Add children and pets into the mix, and this is sometimes difficult to achieve. They both tend to track in outside dirt and have odors that aren’t always pleasant. There are so many great ways to keep your home smelling incredible. Here are a few products sold locally that can help you achieve your goal! … Throughout the Home … These reed diffusers are perfect for spaces large or small! They diffuse fragrance through the reed tips for up to three months.


photos by Matt Cornelius
Welcome to Noteworthy! … The time for going back to school has arrived once again, bringing with it a sense of excitement and anticipation for the fresh academic year ahead. Local school districts are busy putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the upcoming school year. Teachers are decorating their classrooms, while sports teams and student activities are already in full swing with practices.

TXK 411

hoto by Braylen Garren, 2022 Texas High School Commercial Photography
10 STUDY HABITS … • You do not need ONE study space. A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need to switch it up. Local coffee shops, parks, or even just moving to a new location in your home will give you a change of scenery which can help your brain to retain information better. • Use your school planner for more than just homework. Maintaining a calendar helps you plan ahead, and stay organized. Make sure you are marking your homework, extracurricular activities, work, practices, away games, SAT/ACT dates, and social commitments.

The Monthly Mix

School Spirit Style … Can you believe we are already beginning a new school year? High school and college games will kick off soon, and having the perfect look to support your favorite team is a must. There are so many great ways to incorporate your team colors into an outfit. Here are a few outfit ideas available from local small businesses that are perfect for women of all ages! … Meredith Gross is wearing a smocked maxi dress with ruffled sleeves. This is such an easy look to dress up or down for a football game!

Publisher's Letter

Ah, the sweet scent of freshly sharpened pencils and the distinct sound of football pads colliding. These are the unmistakable signs that summer’s sun-soaked days are reluctantly relinquishing their grip to the thrill of a new academic year and the glorious arrival of football season. As we bid farewell to lazy afternoons and less routine, it is time to welcome the delightful chaos that comes with kids going back to school and the triumphant return of our beloved “Friday Night Lights.” And let me just say, I am here for the routine! … To all the parents out there, I see you.

Beautiful Spaces for Beautiful Memories

photos by Matt Cornelius
When it comes to family spaces, living large isn’t about an excess of square footage but about creating a space where the family can simultaneously live together and alongside one another. Thanks to good design, you would never guess this house was originally built as a bachelor pad instead of the perfect spot to raise a family. … Upon entering the space, you may notice the open floor plan feels particularly welcoming thanks to its earthy color pallet and strategically placed conversation groupings.

If These Walls Could Talk

Make Contentment Cool Again … Several years ago, I entertained the possibility of a career change. An opportunity became available for something I always said I wanted, but no matter how hard I tried, I just didn’t have peace about making the change. I remember talking to my parents about struggling with the decision, weighing the pros and cons, and Daddy asking me if I was unhappy with my current career. My response was no; I was actually very happy where I was and I enjoyed going to work every day. His next statement, as usual, was exactly what I needed to hear:

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