15
Jun

Philanthropy Project of the Month: Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc.

Uganda charity

Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc – Cierra Crowe and friend

 

Each month, Walker Pharmacy and Boutique is honored to partner with a local charity or non-profit organization by donating a cash fund based on the number of prescriptions filled in our pharmacy locations.  These funds help support these organizations by funding for the needs of the administrators and the needs of those they serve.  For the month of June, we are proud to partner with an organization rooted in Brooklet, Georgia — Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc.

In the past, the organizations that we have partnered with have been local charities that are helping our surrounding communities, and it has been a blessing to see the direct results benefiting our fellow citizens.  But DL Ministries is distinctly different from previous endeavors because we have the opportunity to fund a local young lady, Cierra Crowe, as she ministers and provides for young children in Uganda, Africa!  By visiting Cierra’s website at www.delightinthelordministries.org or via Facebook through @delightinthelordministries, you will find the remarkable story of DLM’s beginnings as Cierra shares how a short mission trip captured her heart and a seed was planted for her to return on a more permanent basis to pursue education, vocation training, and feeding programs for the children of Uganda.  Cierra also shares blog updates that will enable you to personally participate in the heart of the ministry and to witness how your funds are blessing the growth of the ministry’s outreach as her feeding programs have been established and as she works to establish affordable, quality education for all children.  Now as the guardian parent of three boys previously living at a shelter, Cierra is learning what it means to parent these children with grace under pressure!

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please visit Cierra’s website where you will have the opportunity to donate.  As is always the case, it is difficult to feel limited in our resources to financially support those whom we are committed to encouraging in any way we can.  By spreading the word about Walker Pharmacy’s monthly philanthropy, you will be encouraging others to participate with you as a team as they bring their own prescriptions for secure donations.  Edward Everett Hale once said, “I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  We as individuals can affect others in profound ways, but our efforts to take a stand and come together as a community can affect a mission or an individual in untold ways for years to come.  Please consider partnering with us today and putting the word out in our community as we seek to bless Cierra and the people of Uganda in tangible ways this month!  Join us next month to find out what our July philanthropy project will be and how you can participate!

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Children of Uganda

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~ A note from the author, Sydney: I love that quote from Edward Hale because it reminds me not only of the power of an individual’s determined devotion, but also of the magnified power devoted individuals pulling together as a community with the same mind and fiercely devoted heart to make the world a better place for someone else.  In the chaos of this world and the heartbreak that each breaking news update brings, it is easy to become disheartened that darkness and evil have become such overwhelming forces.  But as history shows, genuine revolutions are born in persecution and spread like wildfires in the face of such darkness.  Love at its truest form is sacrificial, and sacrificial love is the greatest force on Earth.  Let’s come together as a community to penetrate the darkness and offer our love and devotion to others who need our brotherly faithfulness.  Blessings to you, and join us next week for more updates from Walker Boutique!

11
May

Graduation Gift Ideas: Home Is Where The Heart Is

 

Graduating seniors will soon be embarking on new adventures so unlike what they have ever experienced before.  Leaving home to spread their own wings and learning how to navigate the world independence, they will experience both the longing for home and the familiar as well as excitement in enjoying their new and different surroundings.  Many will be leaving home to establish their own lives for a season in the Southern cities of Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, or even Statesboro if they aren’t current locals of our lovely town; and others still will be leaving each of these great cities perhaps to attend college in one of the other university towns.  If you’re looking for the perfect graduation gift, Walker Boutique is featuring charming prints and souvenirs that feature these cities’ familiar landmarks that will make the perfect decoration in their new residences to remind them of home or to help them embrace their new cities!

 

Athens Print 

If your graduate is planning to spread their wings in Athens in the fall, this print is the perfect gift to decorate their new residence with the famous landmarks and favorite locations to Athens locals and students alike.  Featuring the University of Georgia campus and famous archway, College Avenue, Sanford Stadium, and the National restaurant, this print will celebrate the sites where they will soon be making memories of their college lives.  And if Athens is their home and they have plans to attend school in another city, this will make the perfect gift to remind them of home!

 

Atlanta Print

 

Atlanta has numerous world-renowned locations such as the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center, Turner Field, Centennial Park (home of the 1996 Olympics), the Varsity drive-in restaurant, and Midtown.  This watercolor print captures the landmarks that your student will make memories in fun entertainment and education and will make you proud to be a Georgia native – or new resident!

 

Savannah print

The city of Savannah is famous for its Southern charm and history, and this decorative print features some of the city’s proudest landmarks that students, natives, and tourists alike love to visit.  From the photographer’s favorite Wormsloe Plantation flanked with weeping willows to the famous Forsyth Park fountain, to Southern museum favorites and historic districts, this print captures the sites that your student will learn to appreciate and celebrate as a new resident, or to remember with fondness as a native remembering their hometown.

 

Statesboro mug

We may be partial to this last item 🙂  Capturing the charm of this Southern town, this mug features Stateboro’s cultural landmarks such as the Averitt Center of the Arts to the history Jaeckel Hotel turned into our City Hall, as well as family-favorite locations like Mill Creek Park where many have made childhood memories.  Whether your student is leaving their home of Statesboro for a large university or they are coming to our charming city to attend GSU, this makes the perfectly thoughtful gift to celebrate their new season of life.

 

Change and transition can be exciting but never easy to endure, and graduating to embark on the most independent adventure yet should be celebrated!  As someone wisely said, every child needs wings to fly and roots to remain secure.  Celebrate this new season with your graduate and give them this personal gift to remind them of of their home roots or to give them courage and joy about their new home for the next season of life.  Each print measures 8×10 for the perfect size to decorate the walls or furnishings of any size living space, and the natural watercolor tones make it easy to find the perfect mats and frames to match.  Shop online or in stores at Walker Boutique West or our flagship store, Walker Boutique on Merchants Way!  We would love to help you find the perfect items or gift baskets for your beloved graduate!

20
Apr

Checklist for Spring Fashion Essentials

 

Springtime is one of the best times of the year when we celebrate blooming flowers, fresh breezes, greenery coming back to life, and the beginning of all our favorite warm weather activities.  In the South, we have learned how unpredictable the weather can sometimes be during spring season, with sudden changes in temperature and rain or shine forecasts.  This means that we have to be fully prepared with our spring wardrobes, making sure that all manner of cute and comfortable clothing is readily accessible!  Today, we are sharing our spring essentials checklist to be your shopping guide for this season.  With new apparel and accessories arriving by the oodles every day at Walker Boutique, you will easily be able to find everything you need for a practical and fashion forward closet this year!  Download our checklist and be sure to check out our related suggestions below to help you find what you need at Walker Boutique!

 

spring fashion checklist

spring wardrobe checklist

If you’re like me, sundresses invoke the same emotion as the perfect spring day that’s sunny with a high of 75.  Oh, happy day 🙂  Long or short, sleeveless, strappy, or strapless, a good sundress is the perfect hallmark for your warm weather closet essentials.  For the practical shopper, check out our latest  in colorful Piko sundresses for comfortable versatility that you can dress up or down for any activity.  If you’re shopping for special occasion, shop sundresses in fashion forward prints or fabrics like Victorian florals, chambray, or linen for a more refined silhouette.

 

spring shopping guide

Piko sundress $32.95/Victorian floral dress $38

Athletic wear has come a long way from the shiny and loud neon spandex of the ’80s, and now you can feel comfortable to go anywhere in your workout gear like our All For Color athletic and swimwear lines available at Walker Boutique West.  A high neckline the hottest trend in swimwear this year, so be sure to stop by to find your favorite mix and match two pieces!

all for color workout gear

Athletic gear and swimwear at Walker Boutique West

Shibori tie dye patterns appeared in recent years, bringing a refreshing and more sophisticated take on a beloved retro design.  At Walker, you will find stunning oversized tunics and fringed tanks in glorious combinations of marbled colors that make a statement piece for your ensembles.  Pair these with tribal statement necklaces from Designs by Devra Jewelry like her best-selling pieces adorned with horns!  

spring checklist tie dye

Shibori tie dye

And speaking of jewelry…

A good rule of thumb is to balance fitted clothing with dainty, minimalist jewelry and flowy, oversized clothing with bold statement jewelry.  In order to avoid looking weighted down, nix the idea of pairing a heavy necklace with your more tailored items; instead, respect the balance and pair those items with our favorite pearl choker or dainty Kendra Scott exposed druzy pendants.  And to avoid those delicate pieces being overwhelmed by bold patterns and lots of fabric, pair your flowy and oversized clothing with stronger statement pieces that feature mixed media beads and stones and daring pieces such as the horns, tassels, and large stones that adorn most statement jewelry today!  We love pairing our favorite Piko tops and dresses with the latest from DBD jewelry that features pops of colors.

Jewelry

Jewelry at Walker Boutique

That’s our highlight of essential spring clothing items you will need this season, including the gorgeous patterns, colors, and fabrics that are fashion forward for 2016.  What is your go-to item for warm weather?  Tell us in the comments below!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Something about springtime weather just makes you want to revel in the fresh, green grass and soak up every drop of sun that your skin will drink.  And with that refreshing wind of the new season comes the itch to celebrate each day with the happy colors and patterns of warm weather!  I hope that you, like me, are enjoying perusing the latest on the blog and on Pinterest for inspiration.  But more importantly, I hope you feel a fresh wind in your spirit, a fresh fire in your bones to enjoy each day that this year brings.  As Marilla wisely counseled Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.”  Seize the day. Live in it. Bring flowers to a lonely stranger.  Leave a secret card for your co-worker.  Jump in the pool with your clothes on!  Let’s make each day worth living for ourselves and everyone around us.  Blessings!

 

2
Mar

Essential Tips For Your Wedding Registry

 

You’re engaged!

Congratulations!  You’re a freshly-minted fiancee 😉  And now, the planning begins…  

Like many brides, you may find yourself with more questions than you expected now that the ring is officially on your finger.  Is your mind consumed with wondering about the where, when, and how of planning details?   Today, we are discussing one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning: the registry.  Don’t let your questions overwhelm you because we are here to help!  Here are our tips and advice for how and where to register, what to select, and the life-saving knowledge of wedding registry etiquette!

Understand your style as a couple

We have all heard that opposites attract, but when you’re beginning to figure out how to meld your personal tastes, it is crucial to learn a balanced compromise that represents both of you.  Understanding your “couple style” is the foundation for all of your registry decisions.  Try this exercise: each of you make a list of words that describe your style and then compare to research how you could combine preferred color palettes, textures, and themes!  It is important to note that your tastes will likely change dramatically as years go by and you experience different seasons of life, so be sure to keep a guideline of selecting classic and timeless items.

Know the scope of your wedding

The scale and theme of your wedding will reflect in your registry.  Are you planning a large, extravagant wedding or a small gathering?  Do your family and friends live nearby or far away?  Are they likely to shop online?  Each of these questions gives you insight into making practical choices that make buying the gifts you need more convenient for your loved ones.  One way to do that is by registering at one to three stores with at least one having a brick-and-mortar location for those who don’t do online purchasing.  (Why register at more than one store?  Read on for more insight…) 

Register for all price points

To ensure that you are being considerate to each friend and their budgets, register for gifts at all price points. Real Simple Magazine recommends dividing your registry in thirds: keep one third of the items in the $50 and under range, one third in the $50-$100 range, and another third in the $150+ range.  This will afford each person an opportunity to choose a gift within her price-range, while knowing that she has purchased something special that you truly want or need.

Don’t be afraid to over-register (Yes, you should, and no, it isn’t greedy!)

Registering for making your house a home is one of those rare circumstances in which it is best to overdo it.  Again, as Real Simple Magazine states, a good guideline is to select 125 items minimum per 100 guests.  Sound greedy?  Think about it: registering at different price points usually means that you break down larger costs into smaller sets of items such as flatware and smaller kitchen accessories or home decor.  Your friends or relatives shopping in the lower price points will be allowed to have fun mixing and matching a personalized gift set that completes your registry and ensures that they are giving you exactly what you need and want.  Win, win!

In addition, it is best to register at one to three stores with a cohesive plan, varying for the selection each store provides: one for fine china, one for home decor, one for hobbies, et cetera.  Plan ahead with a definite list of what you need so that you don’t end up with unnecessary items, duplicates, or more stress of keeping various lists updated.  Our lovely registry specialist, Mrs. Kathy, highly recommends a walk-through of a store before you register to get an idea of what products and styles are available.  This is a great time to walk through together with your fiance, unless he prefers to go with you to the registry appointment. (Hint: limit the number of people you invite to accompany you on these trips and appointments or else you may end up scanning items you don’t truly want!)  

Select your dinnerware (or other priority items) first

When choosing items for your registry, it is wise to start with the items that you definitely want to have, leaving time to add any home decor items later as you discover your tastes.  For instance, if you know you want china, it is best to choose your collection and metal serving pieces first before items like bed and bath linens or kitchen necessities.  Eight to twelve is a good range for place settings, and if you love to entertain, you would do best to register for twelve.

Once you are firm on your china selection, begin forming your decor color schemes.  Until you have your color palettes agreed upon, stick to registering for your basic needs like the essential decor items with no color schemes, such as wood, metal, and glass materials.  This salad bowl by Mud Pie is a classic and popular piece among our bridal registries, and it is perfect for mixing styles and textures!

Get to know china designs

At Walker, we carry collections that are famous for their high quality, durability, and style longevity.  While there are many other style and price points to choose from, our favorite lines offer everything to the elegant traditionalist and the spunky free spirit alike.  Juliska‘s Berry and Thread, Vietri‘s Forma (swoon!), Skyros‘ Isabella, Spode‘s Blue Italian or Woodland, and Lenox‘s Venetian Lace are the timeless collections you will have your choice of at your registry appointment, and Coton Colors are a great option for the non-traditionalist who loves bright colors and fun details!  

Put the money to its best use

If you are foregoing the china idea but aren’t sure where to put the money, we have some ideas for you, too!  Use it wisely to invest in style basics, choosing items with interchangeable colors, patterns, and details that give versatility to basic white dinnerware (think colorful place mats and napkins), or channel those funds towards your common interests such as hiking gear, DIY projects, or other non-traditional activities you enjoy.  Some relatives or friends may prefer to give you more traditional gifts, but many people love the option of funding activities or purchases like your first grown-up payment on a house.  In either case, be sure to send a thank-you note within one to three weeks of receiving your gift, detailing how you envision using the item or the contributions.  This timeframe will show them how genuinely grateful you are, and it will relieve their worries on whether you received the gift.  Remember, honest gratitude goes a long way in strengthening bonds.  Your fiance loves you, but don’t forget about the ones who show their love with their gifts and support!

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 ~ A note from the author, Sydney: Congratulations, sweet one!  I can imagine you are filled with both anxious thoughts and giddy anticipation about planning your dream wedding, and I hope that our tips on registering abated those fears and inspired your creativity to make your house a home for you and your soon-to-be spouse.  If any of your questions have not been answered, please comment below or call us at (912) 623-2099 to speak with a registry specialist.  We will be happy to help you figure it all out!  Remember, don’t cheat yourself out of building your future by getting caught up in small details.  Pour your heart and energy into building a faithful and loving marriage, and you will find yourself creating the home of your dreams where Love welcomes you at the door and invites all to linger in its presence.  Happy Wednesday!
16
Dec

Featured Gift Idea: Designs by Devra Jewelry

Designs by Devra

 

Finding the perfect gift is as much a challenge as it was the years before, and it seems that the hunt for it has become as much of a holiday tradition as decorating the Christmas tree and watching our favorite holiday movies.  Why is it that the most difficult people to shop for are those we know best?  It’s easy to put in $10 and 10 minutes of thought for that office Christmas party present.  But selecting the perfect gift for your mom?  Sister?  Or wife?  Fuhgedaboudit.  And when you really want to give something thoughtful and personal to the woman you love that represents her personality, there stretches before you a vast and mysterious ocean of possibilities!

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