February 2017 Photo Wrap-Up

Hey everyone!

Of course we all should have seen it coming. February is the shortest month of the year and it still seems like a surprise when it flies by. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if each month was this short. No offense to any of you who were born later any calendar month, lol. Well here it is, a little behind the scenes of what I have been up to the month of February.

 

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Retail slows down for no one. I found this cute Easter egg themed package of M&M candies at one of my local Dollar General stores. BUT this was the same week as Valentine’s Day. Yep! The Valentine’s chocolates hadn’t had the chance to become stale before the Easter candy was already on the shelves.

 

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Sometimes you have to give yourself a break. But if you’re a natural hair chick like myself sometimes you have to give your hair a break. I finally let my hair hang (or I guess I should say puff) free. After 7 weeks of letting my hair rest beneath a protective style, I have decided to let see what my hair has been up to. It really grew and seems so full of body. Of course this won’t last long because it will soon be back in some sort of protective style.

 

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Some time last year I fell in love with the sunrise (which if you follow me on Instagram you can probably tell ). The array of colors is always so unique and vibrant. The sun welcoming in a brand new day. There is something magical about it. If you haven’t stopped to take in the sunrise I encourage you to do so.

Welp, that’s all I have for you this month. I know it wasn’t a lot but you can always find me on my other platforms; Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! Thanks for reading!

 

 

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My Summer Faves!

 

I so often forget to share my favorites on my blog, BUT  not this time! I hope you all enjoy. Pay extra attention to my Okie Feature. Her products are so great!

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Enjoy yo!

Fellow Okie – Allie Paschal

 

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I get when I stumble upon a young entrepreneur especially when they are one of Oklahoma’s own. I found Allie Paschal, owner of Left on Elm, on Instagram.  Allie takes pieces of wood and diligently handcrafts them into personable items. Her work is unique, beautiful and worth showcasing.

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Fellow Okie Questionnaire

  • What’s your name?

Allie Paschal

  • What company do you represent? Is the company or organization based in Oklahoma?

Left on Elm out of Broken Arrow, OK.

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Broken Arrow

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

I grew up in Oklahoma City, went to OSU in Stillwater and am now living in and loving Broken Arrow.

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  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

I love how you’ll never meet a stranger here. Everywhere you go in Oklahoma, you find yourself talking to someone you just met like you’ve known each other for years.

  •  Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

I’ve only lived in Oklahoma, but have traveled quite a bit. Compared to other places, I think Oklahoma just has more of a casual and laid back vibe. People here are always selflessly looking to help each other out in whatever way they can.

  • Tell me a little bit about your organization or company.

Left on Elm creates custom handmade home décor pieces primarily made from reclaimed wood. Custom pieces, personalized gifts and oversized reclaimed wood Oklahoma signs are what Left on Elm is known for.

 

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  • What are your goals for the company or organization?

At the moment, custom orders have taken up most of my time so I haven’t been able to mass produce signature pieces as much as I would like. But, I’ll be adding a few regular pieces that will be regularly available. I’m also looking into a few local shops that fit well with Left on Elm to regularly carry products.  My passion will always be creating things that are special to those that receive them and I hope to be able to continue doing so for as long as I can!

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Check out LeftonElm.com, and follow Left on Elm on Facebook and Instagram. Something new is always happening from local shows to giveaways. Help to grow and support our communities by shopping local!

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  • How can people contact you?

Send a message from the contact page at Leftonelm.com or a direct message through Facebook or Instagram.

It was my pleasure having Allie as my 1st Fellow Okie of 2016! She does awesome work. If you have the chance you should definitely check out her website and keep up with her on social media!

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The Honey Pot at the Tulsa Farmer’s Market

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There was a time when a person knew exactly where their food and everyday products came from. With time, things have changed a lot and the consumer is so far removed from the production process of many things they use daily that not knowing the origins of what we use has become second nature. Farmers markets help to bridge the gap between production and consumption and allow consumers a chance to meet people who grow and make many goods and products.

This past weekend I ventured over to the Farmers Market in the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market on Brookside. This was my first time attending and I was so glad to get the opportunity to go because it had been on my “To Do” list for quite some time.

There were over ten booths set up with vendors selling goods ranging from vegetables to meats to wine. The staff on hand were very helpful and gave me good information on how purchasing goods works. Cash is accepted at all vendor booths. Credit and debit cards and the SNAP program benefits are also accepted.

One of the vendors that I enjoyed visiting with was Amy Roark from Roark Acres Honey Farms. Amy and her husband own and operate Roark Acres Honey Farms in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have their own bee hives and make their own products from the honey the bees produce. I had a difficult time deciding what items I wanted to buy (which I believe to be a good thing). I finally decided on a bottle of pure raw honey and one of their lotion bars. In total both items cost me less than $20.

Because I am watching my spending I decided to keep my purchasing low. Not to worry though, most products at the farmers market are reasonably priced and you shouldn’t break the bank shopping there.

The “winter” market is currently under way. Dates and location information can be found on the website (<— click the blue text). I encourage you to stop by and give local growers, entrepreneurs and product makers an opportunity to impress you. There’s something very rewarding by shopping local.

Do you shop local? Have you considered selling products at a local farmers market? Comment below and let me know!