I had the pleasure of meeting Kendra Nottingham through a mutual friend on Facebook. She owns an online boutique called Teal Tulip. Kendra will be one of our featured vendors at my launch event in July, but she also has ADORBS clothes, and is my very first Fashion Friday~Summer Series blog post!
I was invited to join her and a few other girls for a fashion shoot to show off some of her new clothes and accessories! How fun for this non-model/mom/wife! I was immediately afraid the clothes would be made for a 20-something twig and I would have NOTHING to wear. I was wrong! These clothes are not only made for everyone of all ages, shapes and sizes, but are on-trend, great quality, and just FUN!
I needed to give other women like me a resource to find clothing with this “trifecta” and also make it convenient to shop.
Kendra started Teal Tulip online in the Fall of 2016, as a resource for real women to shop in the comfort of their own homes for feminine and fun fashion. Kendra pays careful attention to curate a collection that is beautiful, functional and offers great prices.
Kendra had always wanted to have her own boutique, however, online became the only way that she shopped. She came up with the idea of starting her own website for women like her; who loved wearing the latest trends, didn't want to spend a fortune everytime they went out, who are real moms, and working ladies. "I needed to give other women like me a resource to find clothing with this “trifecta” and also make it convenient to shop", says Kendra.
Thank you to Kendra Nottingham for allowing this "40-something" mom, non-model, non-twig; a chance to play dress-up and wear some FABULOUS clothes! I will definitely be making some future purchases at Teal Tulip!
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My sister, Misti, and I have lived “together” for 24 years! I mean, we lived together when we were kids, but that's different. As kids, my sister would always imitate my clothes, play with my friends, and try to follow me around, like little sisters do. She was as annoying as you would expect a younger sister to be. I wanted SO bad to just be LEFT ALONE! But, then a funny thing happened...
As I've mentioned before, I married RIGHT out of high school (8 months after walking the stage-no i didn't "have" to, if you know what I mean.) My sister got married a few years later, and guess what? We followed them to Mexico for their Honeymoon!! My sister and her husband also found a super cute apartment in a Melrose Place-like complex, remember that show?. We loved it, and soon, my hubby and I followed. It was great!! We had a small courtyard with a pool, they lived on one side of the pool and we lived on the other. After living there for a number of years and LOVING it, my sister and her husband decided to buy a house…well darn, we were having so much fun, and we weren't ready to grow up!! What do we do now? You guessed it-we followed them again!!
We bought the house next door!! This was our home for 10 years-we had all of our babies there and it was WONDERFUL! We made great family memories in those two houses! After 10 years, and MANY camping trips, we all started wanting to move out of the city. My sister and her husband began talking and looking at properties. My sister found the land and thought it would be a good place for all of us to build our dream homes. It was, and so we did! We followed them to the country! Wide open spaces, PERFECT!!
We have now lived in the homes we built on the land we bought for almost 10 years, and guess what? Misti and her husband are on the move again! They wanna have more land and less house and just less "stuff". They've already asked us if we'd follow them wherever they go, if they get more land, would we build on it too?…my family and I have enjoyed doing life with my sister and her family for over 23 years now. As much as I will miss this part of our life, I think maybe it's time I FINALLY let my sister nurture her Gypsy Soul and not have her older sister follow her around anymore. Maybe...🤔
The Friday before Father’s Day, we had the pleasure of experiencing an Escape Room. We all went. Me, my husband, Billy, my sons Grant and Grayson, and Grant’s girlfriend, MacKenzie. None of us had ever tried our skills at an escape room before, but ALL of us had it on our “bucket list.”
Rush to Freedom Escape Room is a family owned business. The owners, Sabrina Sumrall and her husband, Tim have the perfect formula for a successful Escape Room. Sabrina, has years of experience in set design and photography, which helps in the ambiance of the room and overall appearance. Tim is an electrical engineer. His expertise in that field helps create some really cool elements to the room, like flashing lights and circuit boards. Last, but not least, they have their son, Alexander and his wife Meagan. Alexander is an IT master, and Meagan is in charge of the social media and scheduling. Together, Alexander and Meagan have discovered that they are also really good at, and enjoy, creating puzzles, riddles, and mind-boggling stories to go along with the scene.
Sabrina gave us our pre-game briefing, which explained that we should work together, be organized, and decipher clues to open unusual locks. Sabrina had mentioned using the provided clipboard and pen, to stay organized. She suggested that one person be in charge of "collecting" the clues and scratching them off as we solve the puzzles. They also provided us with our Escape Room backstory. It was about a mad scientist by the name of Dr. Diabolical. Dr. Diabolical likes to use body parts from humans and animals and try different scientific experiments with them in his lab. Dr. Diabolical’s freezer had broken with his harvested body parts inside, and our challenge was to unlock and solve all of the puzzles in order to fix his freezer before all of the body parts spoiled, or else, he will have to use OUR body parts for his experiments!! We had 60 minutes in which to do this.
Meagan walked us back to the room and said, “Good luck, your time starts now.” We had NO IDEA what to do!! We spent the next few minutes, staring at the timer on the wall clicking down the time…staring at each other, then the clock, then each other, then-well, you get the picture!! Once, we realized time was ticking, we all sprang into action!! Billy and I ran over to open up everything that would open without a lock on it, Grant and MacKenzie started trying to find codes and clues for locks and keys. Grayson was looking at the pictures on the wall, and playing imaginary baseball with an invisible bat, when, he noticed a string, pulled it, and it was clue! We heard a voice from behind the screen!! Who was it??!! Oh YA!! It was Bony Tony!! We had forgotten that we were told about him in our pre-game warm up!! He is a COOL guy that will "help" you if you have trouble!! You can go over and say, "Bony Tony, I need HELP!" and he helps you with a clue!! We were SO thankful to have Bony Tony's help, because, having never done an Escape Room, we needed him!!
We continued finding clues and solving puzzles for the next hour, or so before we FINALLY fixed the cryogenic freezer and saved our own limbs!! Our experience was a BLAST!! We worked together as a team, and laughed like we hadn’t in a LONG time!! It was GREAT!!
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My sister, Misti, and I have been told our entire adult lives that we should write a book. We have a CRAZY family and even CRAZIER experiences. Weird people and bizarre things seem to be magnetized to us!! We mostly LOVE it, because that is what makes life fun right? It’s the interactions we have that form us into who we are and what we become.
I have often wanted to write some of our stories, but didn’t think anyone would care, or worse, no one would laugh at them the way we do! That is the ultimate betrayal, right? When you have an experience that is SO wonderfully odd and funny, that you HAVE to retell it…and no one sees the humor, how dare they? Why are we friends again?
I am JUST starting to write stories and starting to blog and, semi-for-a-living, and I have to say, it feels naked. I feel like I just got out of the shower, and I reached for the nearest towel, it’s a hand towel, and my clothes are down the hall…I can cover up some stuff, make things look halfway decent, but it’s mostly all hanging out for EVERYONE to see!! Being modest, that is SUPER uncomfortable for me!!
I’m essentially opening myself up to the critique of all who dare to peek, and I'm bringing everyone with me, especially Misti!
I plan to tell some of our funny stories (if I can remember them), share some of my FAVORITE things over the next few weeks and months, experience some fun things and I hope you enjoy them.
PLEASE, don’t leave me hangin’…LAUGH!!
P. S If you are a personal friend of mine or Misti’s and have a particular story that you feel needs retelling, please comment or CALL ME and help jog my memory, I have blocked out some of my past to protect my future!
Summertime is FINALLY here!! I absolutely LOVE Summertime!! No schedule (for the most part), HOT days, sun tans, flip-flops, sunglasses and outdoor BBQs. Who doesn’t LOVE it??!!
But, the BEST thing about summer is that I get to spend weekdays, nights and weekends at the ball park. My oldest son started playing T-Ball in 2002, when he was 4. My youngest started playing in 2011, when he was 5 (he didn’t want to play T-Ball, because that was “for babies”). There were a few years when they had conflicts and overlapped games, but really, I was pretty lucky to have my boy’s baseball schedules rarely interfere with the other. I have spent 15 summers at the baseball field. Many of our summer vacations have revolved around our boys' out of state world series', and we throw in a visit to the beach. I have sweat buckets of perspiration, learned how to put up; and take down, a sun shade awning ALONE and I can load the truck after a game in record time, and be waiting for my boys, at the exit gate, to come off the field with the A/C on FULL BLAST!!
I have an over sized wagon in which I haul EVERYTHING!! I always have the obligatory cooler FULL of water and Gatorade, some beef jerky for protein, some sort of salty, crunchy snack and plenty of small bills for the concession stand. I have been referred to as the “bag lady” at most tournaments, and rarely is there a tournament I go to, that someone doesn’t make a comment about my wagon. Sure, there are wagons at EVERY tournament, then there’s MY wagon…its over-the-top. It has everything you could ever need. A band-aid…Dawn has one (or 50), sunscreen…what SPF level? Deep Woods Off…Dawn's got it, Tylenol…me, Pepto Bismol...yep, Baby Powder to soak up the sweat..got it!! Boudreaux's Butt Paste for a chafed, eh hem…you betcha!!
Over the years, I would like to think that I have taught my kids a lot of things on and off the field, but in reality, I have learned more from my experiences with them and all of the other WONDERFUL moms that I have had the pleasure of sitting behind home-plate with. We have kept score books, argued calls, and watched as our coaches (husbands) got thrown out of games. We’ve laughed, we've cried, we've been winners in championship games and we've been “one and done” on Sundays that we thought we'd play all day.
Thank you to my boys; "Coach" Billy, Grant and Grayson for teaching me how to “mom” a baseball player. Thank you to Talana for teaching me how to keep a good score book, and knowing the rules, although I’m not as great as I once was (but I'm as good once as I ever was). Thank you to Amy for teaching me how to be an AWESOME “bag lady”, I learned from the best, but I’ll NEVER be as good as you!! And last, but certainly not least, thank you God for baseball and summertime in Texas!!
We are SO excited to partner with The Well Coffee Lounge for our upcoming GNO and have them as part of our Swag Bag. To start the SUMMER off right, they are offering a $10 Gift Card to one of our followers that "Likes" and "Comments" on our Facebook page and tells us what their FAVORITE frozen coffee drink is!! My personal favorite is the White Chocolate Frappuccino!!
What is this Housewives thing all about? What is this THING you're doing?
The short answer is bringing together Rockwall County and surrounding areas finest for networking, shopping, socializing, and fun.
The longer answer can be found below in these FAQS.
WHAT IS Rockwall County Housewives in The City?
First, let me just say: no, we’re not a TV show… but we do have a catchy name and a lot of fun!!! Housewives in the City is a network of female bloggers and event coordinators in over 45 cities in the country (and growing quickly). We seek to connect women in our communities by hosting Girls Night Out (#GNO) events. Additionally, we support local! Local businesses, local professionals, and local charities! We are all about forging relationships with the people in our communities!
Rockwall County Housewives in the City is our fine, fantastic and fabulous Rockwall County chapter! During our Girls Night Out (#GNO) events, you’ll be able to connect with other incredible women in your community. Additionally, we’ll ask local businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs, and other professionals to “set up shop”. You’ll be able to directly interact, network with, sample, and ask questions of all our vendors. My goal is to connect the best of our city to the best ladies in town!
DO I HAVE TO BE A HOUSEWIFE TO ATTEND THE EVENTS?
This is my most commonly asked question! And the answer is NO! It’s just our name! Rockwall County Housewives seeks to connect women of all ages, professions, and backgrounds. Our events are for ALL women to get out, have fun, meet new people, and network with other women in their community.
HOW MUCH ARE THE EVENTS TO ATTEND?
Our events are FREE for guests! Come one, come all! You definitely do not want to miss out! We always have a great time, fabulous vendors, giveaways, eats, and drinks!
WHERE ARE THEY HELD?
Our event location varies by month! Follow us on Facebook at Rockwall County Housewives in the City, Insta, and Twitter at #rockwallwives to keep up to date on all future events!
HOW DO I HOST A GIRLS NIGHT OUT AT MY RESTAURANT?
If you are a restaurant, bar, hotel or other similar venue and would like to be featured on our Blog, Facebook, Insta, and Twitter by being an amazing host of one of our events, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR?
If you want your products/business to be highlighted at our event and on our Blog, Facebook, Insta, and Twitter by becoming a vendor, sponsor or other participant email me at email@example.com
ANY MORE QUESTIONS?
Anything else pressing on your mind? Questions? Need more information? Want to become involved? Feel free to email, Facebook, Insta, and/or Tweet me!
I’m so excited to meet each and every one of you!
"We really found home here in Royse City, we've fallen in love with this community and the down-home people."
Growing up in the freezing winters of Minnesota, Jennifer always wanted to live in Texas. When she was offered a position with American Airlines, based in Dallas, she jumped on it!! She worked her way up the corporate ladder there, and in her 16 years at American, she met her husband of 25 years, Nicolas. Together, they have two children, Noea, a college student at UCCS in Colorado, and Jaxon, a sophomore at Royse City High School.
Jennifer and her sister always talked about having a business together. They wanted a family-operation that supported their community and envisioned a meeting and dining location and a social gathering place. After many years of talking about it, they decided to take the plunge, both walking away from the security of their long term career jobs.
For one year, they worked service industry jobs focusing on reintroducing themselves into the restaurant industry. They experienced God opening many doors, and even closing a few that eventually led them to Historic Main Street in Royse City. "We really found home here in Royse City, we've fallen in love with this community and the down-home people."
Royse City has welcomed them with open arms, and the residents have really helped make their dream come true. The Well Lounge gives back to the community by offering Live Music EVERY Friday and Saturday night, they support our First Responders by having a donation “Coffee Jogger”, where patrons can drop in money. When a uniformed First Responder comes into The Well for anything, they help pay for their order with the donations. They also have Bow-Wow Bingo night, where they partner with the Lions Club, and all the bingo proceeds help the Royse City Animal Shelter.
Jennifer has served on Royse City's Heritage Board for four years, and also volunteers at the First United Methodist Food Pantry, "Our Daily Bread". She feels that God lead her to this little town called Royse City, where her family continues to be enriched by so many treasured customers and friends. "I can't wait to see its continued growth and development into an urban place, we plan to call home well into our retirement!"
Describe yourself in three words:
Committed, Blessed & Appreciative
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
The continued growth and success of The Well Coffee Lounge, we will celebrate our 10 year anniversary in 2018.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To expand our business by offering beer and wine. This will provide a new venue for evening social gatherings and events in Rockwall County.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would love to own my own lakeside resort; complete with cabins, supper club, and recreational facilities
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I stick to a weekly schedule that includes family time/time at home and days off to share with family and friends.
What websites do you visit every day?
I don't spend a lot of time online, but I ALWAYS check Facebook
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I love to gather with friends at our many local craft breweries and restaurants. I shop local, and enjoy all of our many boutiques and salons.
What is your goal for retirement?
Work a little, play a lot
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Always start with a well-constructed business plan, have a servant's heart and pray for guidance & wisdom.
Any final comments?
What I have loved most about owning our little coffee haven, is the neighbors I have met in our wonderful community who I now consider friends...all over a cup of Java!
How do our readers connect with you online?
Business Facebook Page: @WellCoffeeLounge
The Well Coffee Lounge
103 E Main St, Royse City, TX 75189
I am Dawn McKee!! Wife, mom, sister, daughter and friend.
I have spent my ENTIRE “adult” life (I married my High School sweetheart 8 mos after graduating High School), married and working in the dental field. I have worked EVERY position allowed by law, in the dental office. It’s all I knew! I always thought I would retire from the dental field one day. Thus, the inspiration for my one and only tattoo...a tooth!!
I always dreamed of making a living doing what I was good at, but I had 2 problems with that. First, figuring out exactly what I was good at (besides sucking spit) and second, how to make money while I was figuring out how to make money doing something else!!
I mean these are real problems, girls!!
I knew I enjoyed introducing people to each other, I knew I liked to have parties, I knew I liked to cook, and I LOVED local business’. What do I do with that? I’m still trying to figure that out myself, but I'm getting close!!
While searching for the answers, I found The Housewives in the City blog page and they were looking to launch other cities. To my surprise, Dallas wasn’t on the list. I reached out to the founder of the company and we spoke and discovered it was a PERFECT fit!!
I decided to do Rockwall County because I live JUST on the county line. The county line is literally almost in my backyard. I MIGHT, I said MIGHT be able to throw a ball across the county line, and because I am integrated in the Rockwall County community through the Chambers of Commerce in Rockwall AND Royse City, and I belong to The Professional Women's Alliance of Rockwall County, and several other networking groups.
Rockwall County includes several small cities: Rockwall, Rowlett, Heath, Fate, McClendon-Chisholm and Royse City. We have GREAT local businesses!! "Mom and Pop" restaurants, tons of boutiques, breweries, coffee houses, and the women are fabulous!!
In addition to "socializing" and "networking", I am a wife to my husband of 25+ years, and we have two AMAZING sons!! My oldest, Grant, is in college at Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe 'Em Jacks!) and my baby, not baby, Grayson, is going into 5th grade.
I am SUPER excited to be launching the Rockwall County Housewives in the City and hope to see you ALL at my monthly GNO events in and around Rockwall County.
My name is Dawn McKee. I live in Royse City, Tx with my husband, Billy; 2 boys, Grant (away at college) and Grayson, who is almost 11; and our 13 year old Labrador, Jewel. I've never passed an Estate Sale I didn't break for, and I HAVE to have my morning coffee...ALL DAY!!