Ask Alex: The Holiday Shopping Card

Over 20,000 people die of cancer every day. According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime probability of a man developing cancer is 1 in 2 and a woman is 1 in 3 as of 2014. If you, someone you love, a friend or a co-worker has or has had cancer, they are part of the growing number of people affected...

Ask Alex: Valley Oaks Elementary School Turns 60

In honor of Valley Oaks Elementary School’s (VOE) 60th birthday, I asked some of the people who make VOE a remarkable school – Principal Gary Henry, fourth grade teacher Gloria Seeberger, fifth grade teacher Marcia Looper and art teacher Kimberly Lamb – why they love it so much. This year will mark my...

Ask Alex: Monogramming

Alex Belt is a mom, business owner and all around in the know kind of gal. Friends call on her relentlessly for advice on how to plan a party and what trend is “in.” With so many options for monogramming, we’re doing what everyone else does – asking Alex!  Q: What is the proper etiquette for...

Ask Alex: Downton Abbey

Alex Belt is a mom, business owner and all around in the know kind of gal. Friends call on her relentlessly for advice on how to plan a party and what trend is “in.” In honor of the ending of the television show Downton Abbey, we’re doing what everyone else does – asking Alex! Q: What is the...

Ask Alex: Get a Grip on Christmas Storage

Alex Belt is a Memorial mom, business owner and all around in the know kind of gal. Friends call on her relentlessly for advice on how to plan a party and what trend is “in.” With the holidays behind us and décor waiting to be stored, we’re doing what everyone else does – asking Alex! Q: I have...

Ask Alex: All About Elf

Everyone who knows me knows that the movie Elf is my favorite! Once October comes around, my store and my home start looking like Buddy the Elf’s home away from the North Pole. With a life-size cutout of Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf floating around the store for customers to take pictures with, who cannot...

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