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The vow

Megan Robinson, 24, and Peter Huwe, 25, met in a Mississippi College chemistry class and, eventually, discovered some chemistry of their own. On June 30, the couple will tie the knot in Gulfport, and they hope to be $25,000 richer thanks to the E! Online Say Your Vows Wedding Contest – a promotion for the movie The Vow that opens this weekend. “A couple of weeks ago, I was watching E!, and I saw a commercial for the contest,” Robinson said. “It said write the vow that you would say to your fiance on your wedding day. The next Thursday, I got an email saying that we are one of the finalists out of thousands of entries.” Peter and Megan are one of five couples vying for cash, a wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, wedding bands, registry gifts and a honeymoon in Los Cabos. Huwe, who is quadriplegic, broke his neck in 2005 in a diving accident. Megan’s vow reads in part: “I have always said, what you lack physically, you make up for 100 times …

Just pin it

Chances are you Facebook, you Tweet, but do you Pin? As, a visual bookmarking site that launched in March of 2010, continues to grow, an increasing number of Mississippians are describing it with the words “addictive” and “obsession.” Users pin images that are linked to other websites, sharing everything from craft and décor ideas to wisdom, travel and food pins on boards they create. “As long as you see an image on a page, you can pin it,” said Shawn Rossi. “Users can pin anything, from family photos to business presentations.” Rossi collects her future Pinterest projects on a “To-Do List” board. “We just bought a 1983 Prowler travel trailer from the ’80s, and we’re going to renovate it,” she said, recalling one of the ideas she found on the site. Natchez resident Shannon Jex compares the site to a SkyMall flight catalog “There are a million products in that little magazine,” she said. “Few of them have anything to do with one another, but you find yourself wanting one of each. I draw …

Clark Griswold would approve

Remember Christmas Vacation (1989) when Clark Griswold stapled 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights to his roof in a display so brilliantly tacky it could only be appreciated by the most obsessive holiday lover? Fast-forward 20 years, and Christmas sweaters from that era with Santastic faces and Rudolphulous décor seem like something Griswold helped design using little (s)elf-control. Enter the Tacky Sweater Christmas Party, a growing fad that requires participants to search mom’s closet, thrift stores and eBay for gawdy holiday fashions with the most awesomely bad designs. It may have started as an ironic hipster statement, but tacky/ugly Christmas sweater parties have gone mainstream. Type the word “sweater” into eBay’s search field and “ugly Christmas sweater” tops the list. You’ll find thousands for sale, including one labeled “Ugly Horrible Tacky Santa Pepsi Christmas Sweater” that was up to $149 last week. Missouri resident Jason Granda, 27, operates STL (St. Louis) Vintage with his brother, Jared Granda, 21, and Mark Antle, 28. Granda began to notice the tacky sweater trend two years ago while searching eBay. …

E-lec-tron-ic Santa’s going to crash your Christmas party

There’s 16 days left before Santa comes to town, and you still haven’t gotten in the Christmas spirit? This year, it’s easier than ever because of all the free music downloads you can find online. Last week, I saw a Target commercial with a robot dancing in front of a Christmas tree. He was singing “E-lec-tron-ic Santa Claus,” and I wanted to know if it was actually a song. I searched YouTube for the video and found a link to Target’s free holiday album The Christmas Gig featuring 14 original and modern Christmas songs sure to bring cheer. The Electronic Santa song by Blazer Force is a dance track with a Santa robot that will “rock your body,” knows you’re nice and naughty and plans to crash your Christmas party. Equally cool is the hip-hop track Toy Jackpot by Blackalicious written from the perspective of an excited child on Christmas morning. A Facebook friend also posted a link to Paste Magazine with more free Christmas music to download. Got a comment? E-mail me at …

Have yourself a monster little Christmas

I’m always on the lookout for unique and beautiful Christmas ornaments during the holiday season, and I found these frighteningly funny monster bulbs on Etsy. St. Louis seller Monsteropolis sells a set of two hand-painted ornaments for $20. According to her bio, the former nanny has a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Ornaments from The ‘Sip

While some Mississippians are making ornaments for a good cause this holiday season, others are just doing it for fun. Summit resident Leslie Gordon is selling handmade Christmas ornaments to help her friends with the adoption expenses they will incur when they bring home a child from the Ukraine in January. She created an ornament inspired by the architecture of Ukrainian churches that features the blue and gold colors of the country’s flag. It’s being sold for $20 in some Mississippi stores like Zsa’s Zsa’s at 2222 S. Frontage Road in Vicksburg. The Mustard Seed, a community for adults with developmental disabilities, is also selling ceramic ornaments created in its workshop by the center’s clients as part of their activities program. Each year, the organization features a specific ornament. This year, it’s a mitten. Others sold include angels, stockings and gingerbread men. Almost all are $10, and all proceeds benefit The Mustard Seed. To order or learn more, visit the website at Mississippi College art students who are members of the National Art Education …

The Artful Home

A few years ago, I discovered a catalog called The Artful Home that features many unique products made by artists and craftsmen through the U.S. The December issue usually has many art glass Christmas ornaments. Here are a few of my favorites: Nom de Plume – This blown glass ornament was created by Corey Silverman and Horace Marlowe featuring blue leaves. Crawling Frog – A glass tree frog by Phyllis S. Clarke. Monterey – Created by Scott Simmons, this ornament is described as having rich colors that coalesce like ocean waves rolling against a sunset horizon. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

The iArm Forearm Mount

If you’re looking for a good gag gift this holiday season, you may want to check out They have several gifts to choose from, but I think my favorite is the iArm, a “fake” product that lets you mount your iPad, Kindle and iPhone simultaneously on your arm for fast access to technology. You can even mount a plate of food if you’re super busy. They also sell the Pet Petter so you’ll never have to pet your pet again. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Fright Night costumes

Still trying to decide on a Halloween costume? Check out today’s Weekend section in The Clarion-Ledger to see what styles will be popular this year. Witches, vampires and pirates top the list for adults, while princesses, witches and Spider-Man will be the top costume for kids. Most pets will dress as pumpkins this year. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

What will you tote this spring?

As America continues to “go green,” tote bags are popular choices for carrying items. The eco-conscious  can feel good knowing they aren’t littering the environment with plastic bags or contributing to the slaughter of innocent trees. From the looks of things, totes are once again going to be popular spring accessories for carrying sunglasses, beach towels and other necessities. Target will have the above totes in stores when it gets a little warmer, and here’s a few below that you can find online. You can buy these Color Block Grocery Totes for $19.99 at Fred Flare. Mod Cloth also has a number of unique totes, including the Curious Kitty Tote for $27.99. And if you’re looking for something a little more high-end, check out the Miss Marc Big Tote by Marc Jacobs for $168. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Little pink Christmas trees for you and me

Have you decorated your Christmas tree? What ornaments did you use? Did you buy real or fake this year? Here’s two recent holiday stories that may help you decide what kind of tree to erect and which ornaments to hang from its branches. I favor the pink Christmas tree that’s been making it’s way around the Web this season. You can buy it and several other unique styles including a palm Christmas tree, a purple tree, a black tree and an upside down tree at Treetopia. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save