#2,324 Market Beautiful Day 1 + Bowling.

Oh man, y’all. Tonight was incredible! I can’t believe the vintage and handmade vendors who came from as far as New York and California to be part of The Market Beautiful this weekend. Tonight was the early preview party and I did some shopping before the crowds started coming in. I’ve been Instagram friends with several vendors for so long and it was amazing to finally hug their necks today. Tomorrow (today?) June 10 is the big shopping day when tickets will be just $6, so I hope we will see some of y’all there when we meet and greet […]


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Oh man, y’all. Tonight was incredible! I can’t believe the vintage and handmade vendors who came from as far as New York and California to be part of The Market Beautiful this weekend. Tonight was the early preview party and I did some shopping before the crowds started coming in. I’ve been Instagram friends with several vendors for so long and it was amazing to finally hug their necks today. Tomorrow (today?) June 10 is the big shopping day when tickets will be just $6, so I hope we will see some of y’all there when we meet and greet […]


Erin

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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#2,309 Farewell, Season One.

Tonight we sent off season one with a celebration all over downtown Laurel and a watch party at Laurel Little Theatre, right where we began with the pilot watch party in January 2016. To be surrounded by our family and friends and this sweet community is such a gift to us. This is their show just as much as it’s ours. At the end, Amber and I sang her song, My Hometown, together again just like we did at the end of the finale episode. It felt good to perform on a stage again. It’s been so long! And afterward, because […]


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Tonight we sent off season one with a celebration all over downtown Laurel and a watch party at Laurel Little Theatre, right where we began with the pilot watch party in January 2016. To be surrounded by our family and friends and this sweet community is such a gift to us. This is their show just as much as it’s ours. At the end, Amber and I sang her song, My Hometown, together again just like we did at the end of the finale episode. It felt good to perform on a stage again. It’s been so long! And afterward, because […]


Erin

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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#2,302 Keeping Our Hometowns Strong.

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you Ben and I spent a whole Sunday afternoon working on a storyboard for something very special? This was the rough draft of those boards: And this is the stunning final product: Tonight on Home Town, you got to visit the foundry with Ben, Josh and Jim. That company has been part of the fabric of our city since the turn of the twentieth century, and we’re lucky to count the Mulloy family as friends. There are factories like this all over America whose communities depend on them, and at Laurel Mercantile we’re proud […]


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Remember a few weeks ago when I told you Ben and I spent a whole Sunday afternoon working on a storyboard for something very special? This was the rough draft of those boards: And this is the stunning final product: Tonight on Home Town, you got to visit the foundry with Ben, Josh and Jim. That company has been part of the fabric of our city since the turn of the twentieth century, and we’re lucky to count the Mulloy family as friends. There are factories like this all over America whose communities depend on them, and at Laurel Mercantile we’re proud […]


Erin

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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#2,267 Good End to an Anxious Day.

Can I tell you something? Tuesdays are so exciting now because of the show. They also make me anxious.  I spend the whole day anticipating, wondering what y’all will notice or like. I get jitters for our sweet homeowners who haven’t seen any of the episodes and it’s brand new for them on national television each week. I wonder what trolls will try to hurt us with a cutting remark. I worry over if the rooms will look on film the way they actually did in life. It’s a very naked feeling every week. For an hour, our hardest work […]


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Can I tell you something? Tuesdays are so exciting now because of the show. They also make me anxious.  I spend the whole day anticipating, wondering what y’all will notice or like. I get jitters for our sweet homeowners who haven’t seen any of the episodes and it’s brand new for them on national television each week. I wonder what trolls will try to hurt us with a cutting remark. I worry over if the rooms will look on film the way they actually did in life. It’s a very naked feeling every week. For an hour, our hardest work […]


Erin

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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#2,260 The Holloway House.

Tonight’s episode of Home Town is easily one of the most powerful of the season, and we got to share it with Bill and Jody (the homeowners) and friends and neighbors at a watch party tonight that was so fun and rowdy, full of cheering and hugging and eating and crying and clapping, everyone could feel how special it was. After a reception and dinner, we all gathered at the event venue down the street to settle in and watch the show… But the wifi lost its signal and we lost the live feed. PANIC ENSUED FOR 30 SECONDS as the […]


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Tonight’s episode of Home Town is easily one of the most powerful of the season, and we got to share it with Bill and Jody (the homeowners) and friends and neighbors at a watch party tonight that was so fun and rowdy, full of cheering and hugging and eating and crying and clapping, everyone could feel how special it was. After a reception and dinner, we all gathered at the event venue down the street to settle in and watch the show… But the wifi lost its signal and we lost the live feed. PANIC ENSUED FOR 30 SECONDS as the […]


Erin

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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#2,641 Hometown Heroes.

At 5:58 pm today, the 5 of us got a text message from Jim: For an event our local newspaper was throwing at 6 pm honoring “Hometown Heroes,” local folks making an impact on our community. We figured we somehow forgot to put it on the calendar and were scattered all over south Mississippi. Jim, Ben and I were the only ones able to make it and as we were walking through the door (late, no less), they were calling our names and handing us awards and we were a little more than shocked to say the least. I wasn’t […]


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At 5:58 pm today, the 5 of us got a text message from Jim: For an event our local newspaper was throwing at 6 pm honoring “Hometown Heroes,” local folks making an impact on our community. We figured we somehow forgot to put it on the calendar and were scattered all over south Mississippi. Jim, Ben and I were the only ones able to make it and as we were walking through the door (late, no less), they were calling our names and handing us awards and we were a little more than shocked to say the least. I wasn’t […]


Erin

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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#2,614 Charleston Friends.

When friends come in from out of town, I put on my tour guide britches and show them around. A cream horn was a good starting point. And much later, to finish the day, a delicious (loud, boisterous) dinner at Cafe La Fleur. Jim sang Conway Twitty (Don’t Take it Away) which sorta interrupted a couple on a date night away from their kids, while Ben pounded the table doing his best Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman. Later, there was a guitar and Janis Joplin. And today was a very good day. The future of our little company is looking bright […]


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When friends come in from out of town, I put on my tour guide britches and show them around. A cream horn was a good starting point. And much later, to finish the day, a delicious (loud, boisterous) dinner at Cafe La Fleur. Jim sang Conway Twitty (Don’t Take it Away) which sorta interrupted a couple on a date night away from their kids, while Ben pounded the table doing his best Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman. Later, there was a guitar and Janis Joplin. And today was a very good day. The future of our little company is looking bright […]


Erin

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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#2,608 Chili Day.

It’s hard to believe that this weekend one year ago we announced our show got the greenlight for season 1 at the annual chili cookoff downtown. It’s weird how quickly a year passed. Today’s chili cookoff was much like last year’s–overcast and unseasonably warm, but it didn’t stop the crowds from coming downtown and being a part of it. I’m a bad judge of whose recipe is best–if you offer sour cream, cheese and green onions, you get my vote. The toppings make the chili for me.  Sweet Peppers Deli is maybe my favorite come to think of it. Anybody? […]


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It’s hard to believe that this weekend one year ago we announced our show got the greenlight for season 1 at the annual chili cookoff downtown. It’s weird how quickly a year passed. Today’s chili cookoff was much like last year’s–overcast and unseasonably warm, but it didn’t stop the crowds from coming downtown and being a part of it. I’m a bad judge of whose recipe is best–if you offer sour cream, cheese and green onions, you get my vote. The toppings make the chili for me.  Sweet Peppers Deli is maybe my favorite come to think of it. Anybody? […]


Erin

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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#2,597 Morning Commute.

We woke up to so much sunshine and 70 degree breezes that felt like our days in California last year. I didn’t mind at all that Ben borrowed my Jeep when it was time for me to head to work, instead I put on my comfy new leather flats and took the short commute on foot.  I stopped by the accountant’s office to pick up paperwork, then walked to the post office, then to the popcorn shop for (yet another) bag of salt and vinegar to share at the shop. By the time I’d made it to work, I was […]


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We woke up to so much sunshine and 70 degree breezes that felt like our days in California last year. I didn’t mind at all that Ben borrowed my Jeep when it was time for me to head to work, instead I put on my comfy new leather flats and took the short commute on foot.  I stopped by the accountant’s office to pick up paperwork, then walked to the post office, then to the popcorn shop for (yet another) bag of salt and vinegar to share at the shop. By the time I’d made it to work, I was […]


Erin

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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#2,570 Carmex + Big Fishy.

I ran out of Carmex on my nightstand a couple nights ago and panicked a little bit. For as long as I’ve been married to Ben, Carmex has been my bedtime ritual. No matter how severe the cold is, now matter how dry my lips are, there’s really nothing that works as well. Ben tells me when construction workers (and his dad!) use it, that’s how you know it’s the hardcore stuff. And he’s right. This isn’t even a paid or sponsored endorsement or whatever—I just can’t live without it. Found one tube left on the shelf at the grocery store last […]


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I ran out of Carmex on my nightstand a couple nights ago and panicked a little bit. For as long as I’ve been married to Ben, Carmex has been my bedtime ritual. No matter how severe the cold is, now matter how dry my lips are, there’s really nothing that works as well. Ben tells me when construction workers (and his dad!) use it, that’s how you know it’s the hardcore stuff. And he’s right. This isn’t even a paid or sponsored endorsement or whatever—I just can’t live without it. Found one tube left on the shelf at the grocery store last […]


Erin

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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