Life & Style

The Perfect Homecoming Look

What makes the perfect homecoming look? There are so many factors that go into creating the perfect look for homecoming, or really any special occasion. Homecoming 2021 style is a mixture of sequins, beading, asymmetrical necklines, neon colors and even stars! This year is also characterized by the simple, more traditional looks that we have seen in past years, such as lace and the classic little black dress. Truth be told, anything goes this season! Homecoming 2021 is a matter of personal style!

Polka Dots, a Chevy... and Forever

In February 1950, twenty-one-year-old James Stanley was walking out of the movie theater when he first saw Donna June Beck from afar. The two were separated by a crowd of people, but when she met his gaze, both claim to have been immediately interested in the other.

S.O.A.R.ing Back to School

Each year, as August ends and September rolls around, people everywhere re-acclimate to the flow of school. As the future college students at Texas A&M University-Texarkana planned and made their way to campus, faculty, staff, and student leaders prepared to welcome them through the Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (S.O.A.R.) program. Through S.O.A.R., incoming freshmen and their parents are welcomed on campus for a fun-filled and informative crash course in college life!

House on a Hill

photos by Brian Jones and Matt Cornelius
Walking the halls of the most beautiful homes in Texarkana is awe-inspiring. But hearing the stories of the families who daily walk those halls is truly inspirational. For Kelli and Jeff Phillips, their ranch-style home on 50 acres is a magnificent sight to see. Rolling hills, beautiful views out every window and the peaceful setting of country living, minutes from the conveniences of town, embody the space they now call their forever home. … Their story begins like most: “We met at Legends Gym,” Jeff said cunningly. “Every day she would come in and start her little workout.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
Even Then: A Reminder to My Teenage ChildWell, here we are at the stage of your life I have simultaneously anticipated with excitement but also feared to the Nth degree. I think I have had these feelings because I can still so vividly remember what it was like to be a teenager. Your infancy, toddler and small childhood consisted of your father and me shooting from the hip when relating to you because we had little to no memory of what it was like to be a baby.

If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Matt Cornelius
Coffee Pots, Baby Gates… and GrandparentsYou know those coffee pots that have a timer you can set the night before? We have one and it brings me such joy. I make the coffee each night before I go to bed and set a timer for it to brew at 6:30 every morning. It’s as if I have a little gift greeting me each morning, smelling lovely in its carafe fullness, saying, “Good morning, Liz. I hope you slept well. Here, I made this for you. Pour yourself a cup and let’s do this thing.” I don’t realize how much I love it until it’s broken, or I fail to set the timer and wake up to an empty pot.

The Monthly Mix

Tailgate Style

Whether it’s right outside the stadium or from the comfort of your own home, it’s time to cheer on your favorite team! Half of the fun of football season is tailgating. Your set up can be as simple or as elaborate as you like! I’ve gathered a few items that will get your tailgate party off to great start.


Lemonade Icebox Pie

INGREDIENTS … • 1 - 8 ounce cream cheese, softened … • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk … • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate … • 1 - 8 ounce container whipped cream … • yellow food coloring (optional) … • 1 graham cracker crust (recipe available at allrecipes.com) … In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Beat in lemonade concentrate. Fold in whipped cream and, if desired, food coloring. Pour into prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate until set. … As the summer months wind down, a great dessert can keep them cool and sweet.

Special Advertising Section Sponsored by Farmer's Bank & TrustA home is so much more than a place to stay. … If we are lucky, our homes are a place of safety and refuge from a world that can sometimes be stressful. It’s a place where the people who mean the most to us gather and share our life’s greatest moments. … For a time, a global pandemic transitioned us from busy lives filled with activities and destinations, back into the confines of our four walls.

Overthinking on the Road

My family and I are road trippers. We have driven from Texas to the east coast. We’ve hit the highway from home sweet home to California. This summer, however, we wanted to explore some of America’s national parks, so we jumped in the car and drove to Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Royal Gorge, and Pike’s Peak in Colorado. We detoured to South Dakota and saw four former presidents at Mt. Rushmore. We ventured to Montana and took in Glacier National Park.

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