Let's Think Local

As part of the Devine Chamber of Commerce, we want to celebrate all things LOCAL, which starts with THINKING LOCAL.

We're so excited to be part of this chamber initiative, and we hope it starts a chain reaction! You'll begin to notice this Devine Chamber campaign around town as we support our fellow members, businesses, and our community. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Are you a Devine Chamber of Commerce member? Get your “Think Local” coroplast sign by emailing Marcus or at the next monthly meeting, August 6. Great work on the signage printing and install, Image Matters!

A Trip to Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm

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Girls’ Trip! Nana and I took baby Emi out for a Saturday morning excursion to the beautiful Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm in Moore. It is a hidden gem in South Texas!

Ann and Rob told us the story of how the farm began and showed us the variety of lavender and vegetables they grow as their happy bees buzzed. We clipped our own Super Blue lavender, a culinary variety. I plan to use some of it for baking!

In their shop I also snagged some handmade lavender rosemary soap (my two favorites!) and some lavender essential oil that Rob distilled just yesterday. Can’t get any fresher than that.

The Doe-Re-Mi Lavender Farm is open Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through July 6. They’ll be offering evening hours soon, so stay tuned to their Facebook page.

Shout out to Shelly and the team at Magnolia Filling Station for sharing the flyer about the lavender farm’s weekend hours on their Instagram page.

Know a place we should check out? Email us. We love supporting fellow small business owners.

Fun with Felt and Flowers: A Workshop with Stacy Pyron

As seen during her several appearances on ABC’s SA LIVE, Devine’s own Stacy Pyron led us in our first felt flower workshop. We learned the art of shaping felt into beautiful flowers - perfect to decorate headbands, garlands, photo frames, wreaths, and more.

The event inspired several creative projects and ideas. I’ll have to show you the felt flower mobile I’m making for our soon-to-arrive daughter when it’s complete!

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An Airplane-Themed Birthday Party

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The Buckner boys’ birthdays are just one day apart. We plan to enjoy all the benefits of having joint birthday parties for as long as we can get away with it! This year, we chose airplanes as the theme and hosted it at Marken.

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One of my favorite moments was the “big reveal.” The inflatable airplanes from Amazon were a hit, and the balloons with hi-float helium that we got filled the day before at Sherry’s Flower and Gift Shop were still doing great.

  1. We made the rainbow balloon arch by tying the balloons in bunches of three. Then we looped twine through the bunches in the color order we wanted, and used tacks to mount the twine to the wall in the shape of a rainbow.

  2. I created the “time flies” photo collage wall using a ready-to-decorate banner and scrapbooking paper from Hobby Lobby. To finish it off, we clipped images from the past year to twine. Crazy seeing how fast they’ve grown in just one year!

  3. Goldfish and cookies are some of our favorite snacks these days, so of course we served them with our plain chocolate cupcakes.

  4. To finish off the flying airplanes in our “sky,” we hung little puffs of Poly-Fil to be little clouds. They were so fun! We would have done several more except we ran out of string … and time!


Our Weekend Trip to Corpus Christi

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When your dream family vacation is out of reach, a mini vacation can provide the refresher your family needs. Just a few hours away from our hometown is Corpus Christi. With some good books, a portable DVD player, and a couple of small suitcases, we packed our family car for a weekend adventure. 

The full blog is featured on the Hooray for Family website here.

An Update from Marken Media Co.

Check out our most recent video project as part of the "Medina County Shines" series! Shannon Beasley, Realtor takes viewers on a tour of Medina County Museum-Texas in Hondo to show another reason why Medina County shines! 

We recently took a stroll through the  Historic Pearl  and the San Antonio Riverwalk during a shoot for Devine High School senior Alyssa's portraits. It got us thinking about our own milestones and our goals for the year. It reminded us of the Dave Ramsey quote, "Dreaming is a sign that you have hope."   Need our multimedia help to bring your dreams to life?  Email us. Let's meet up.   Keep dreaming & see you soon,  Marcus & Kennan

We recently took a stroll through the Historic Pearl and the San Antonio Riverwalk during a shoot for Devine High School senior Alyssa's portraits. It got us thinking about our own milestones and our goals for the year. It reminded us of the Dave Ramsey quote, "Dreaming is a sign that you have hope." 

Need our multimedia help to bring your dreams to life? Email us. Let's meet up.

Keep dreaming & see you soon,

Marcus & Kennan

Gal-a Gals, "Mom Prom" Raise Funds for Southwest Family Life Center

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When Katie Haby of Hondo, Texas, heard about her former college roommate’s involvement in a “mom prom” fundraiser in her community, she was inspired. ”I love things that bring people together,” says Katie. “I have always enjoyed events that bring big crowds together to socialize, whether that is dinner parties, dances, or community events.”

After mulling it over, Katie brought the idea for starting an event in Hondo to her friend and coworker at Medina Electric Cooperative Inc., Jackie Muennink. “She said she thought it was a great idea and would help,” shares Katie. Later that evening, Katie saw Hondo ISD Assistant Superintendent Rose Mary Mares at a meeting and mentioned the idea to her.

“Rose Mary called me the next day and said she had hundreds of people interested,” says Katie. “So we started planning, and the rest is history!”

Unlike a high school prom, the Gal-a Gals’ mom prom boasts a night without the guys and without the drama. Guests are encouraged to flaunt a new formal, or show up in blue jeans, as long as they come ready for an evening of fun and fundraising for a good cause.

About the Southwest Family Life Center

This year’s event will support the Southwest Family Life Center, which provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and teen dating violence. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit serves Frio, Medina, and Uvalde counties, and their main office is located in Hondo.

”When I formed the idea for the Gal-a, I wanted it to be something that could raise money for the community, but didn't want it to only benefit one organization over and over again,” she says. “The goal is to have the event annually, but change the beneficiary.” It will be hosted at the Graff 7A Ranch Dance Barn.

Getting Community Support
The small band of event founders quickly asked others to join their team of ambassadors, or Gal-a Gals. “We reached out to people that we saw as leaders in the community who all had different connections and ways of serving and asked if they could help,” says Katie. “Everyone has been amazingly supportive and given of their time, talent, and treasure in their own way. I really think that is why this has been such a success so far.”

Getting Others Involved
The response was overwhelming. Tickets for this year’s event sold out in less than a week. “It was an amazing, beautiful response,” says Katie. “Businesses can still help by donating door prizes, or sponsoring at the Cleopatra, Princess Diana, or Frida level.” There are about a dozen tickets being held for any businesses that choose to sponsor at the Diana or Frida level. The group is also looking for any additional raffle prize donations valued at $25 or greater.

Gal-a Gals T-Shirts
Get your own Gal-a Gals shirt for $25. All proceeds go to the Southwest Family Life Center. The shirt features the Maya Angelou quote, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women” on the front and the event sponsors on the back.

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“Everyone has come together, and it just shows the power of our communities - Hondo, Castroville, Devine, and D'hanis! When we all work together, everyone wins.”

-Katie Haby

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Event Details:
Friday, May 17, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Graff 7A Ranch Dance Barn
911 US Hwy. 90 East
Hondo, TX