1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi!

What an amazing semester it has been so far during Year 3 at Ole Miss! I can hardly believe that midterms have come and gone. It seems like classes just started yesterday!

Words can hardly describe how excited I was when football season finally began! Win or lose (we have been doing more of the latter lately), not many things bring me more joy than cheering on the Rebels. I finally had my first #RoadRebs experience as I traveled to Tuscaloosa to watch the game. I can’t wait for more fun times in the Grove this season!

 

One of the most exciting, nerve-wracking, challenging, rewarding and special weeks of the year was a couple of weeks ago: sorority recruitment! I had the amazing opportunity of serving on the Panhellenic Judicial Board; I helped with logistics and accountability and advised Potential New Members. After a two month period of disaffiliation, I was so excited to swim home to my sisters at Tri Delta for a fun 80’s themed Bid Day!

 

As a Banking and Finance major, I have LOVED having to opportunity to serve as a MoneyThink mentor at Lafayette High School. Each week I visit a classroom of high school seniors and share valuable lessons on saving, budgeting and spending. I have really enjoyed connecting with my group, and I can’t wait for more fun weeks of MoneyThink!

I also began serving as an Honors College Ambassador this year. I have been able to share with prospective students at official visit days for the university about my experiences in the Hoco, and I write letters each week to seniors that are considering Ole Miss. If you know me at all, you know that the Honors College is one of my favorite things, so this has been an amazing experience!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of this school year brings. I am loving Junior Year so far!

LimeLight Beauty Guide

New school year = exciting new adventures!

As many of you might already know, I LOVE makeup! Trying out new products and perfecting techniques has been a passion of mine for years, and some might even consider me an unofficial designated makeup artist for my friends lol! I really enjoy helping people look and feel their best for functions and other events.

I had seen people buzzing about LimeLight by Alcone on social media, and this summer I finally decided it was time to call my sweet friend Taylor Leath to see what these products were all about. And let me tell you, I have been hooked ever since!!!

As a business student and cosmetic lover, I am SO excited to begin this new journey as a LimeLight Beauty Guide! These professional makeup and all-natural skincare products are absolutely amazing and very affordable. I would love to answer your questions and help you find the perfect products; feel free to send me a message or give me a call! It’s so easy to view our products and make a purchase. Just follow the link below to get started! šŸ˜Š

https://www.limelightbyalcone.com/blairwortsmith/party/66147

Miss Mississippi 2017

I had the most amazing time competing in the 2017 Miss Mississippi Pageant! It was truly an honor representing Ole Miss as the first and only Miss Parade of Beauties, and I am still blown away at God’s perfect timing. Little did I know that being named Ole Miss Most Beautiful in February would lead me to Miss MS just a few short months later. My big question the past couple of years was not if but when I would get started competing in the Miss Mississippi pageant, and this opportunity was the Lord clearly saying, “Now is the time!!!” I couldn’t have been more excited to have won the Preliminary Swimsuit Award for Group C as well as the Non Finalist Alpha Interview and Swimsuit awards. I boldly conquered fears, made incredible friendships, earned thousands of dollars in scholarship money, and pushed myself more than I thought possible. This is only the beginning; I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me next!

Science for the Summer

Summer break for young students can be such an exciting time, but this vacation can have two big downsides: 1) Kids aren’t practicing the skills they’ve learned in school for nearly 3 months, and 2) they tend to get bored without much to do for so long. A great solution to solve BOTH of these problems together is conducting exciting experiments at home over the break!

I have found some of my favorite experiments to do with children and am sharing the links. The best part is that all of these activities are extremely affordable (you probably have most of the supplies you need already). Hopefully these will serve as inspiration in helping make STEM a blueprint for problem solving for your kiddos while having a good time!

Soap-Powered Model Boat:

https://sciencebob.com/build-a-soap-powered-model-boat/

Dancing Gummy Worms:

http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/kids-science-dancing-frankenworms/

Making Crystal Geodes:

http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/2013/03/how-to-grow-your-own-crystal-geodes-cool-science-experiment-for-kids/

Pop Rocks to Blow Up Balloon:

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/poprocks/

Invisible Ink:

http://www.minieco.co.uk/message-in-bottle/

Sparkly Explosion:

http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2012/04/science-experiment-sparkly-explosion.html

Slime:

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/glue-borax-gak/

Classroom Visits

One of my favorite parts of being a titleholder is visiting classrooms, and I have had so much fun sharing my platform, STEM: A Blueprint for Problem Solving.

Getting to show students how they can incorporate the lessons taught in STEM into other areas of study and their everyday lives is so rewarding. Our nation is struggling to stay competitive with other developed countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math; because of this, it is vital for our students to embrace the lessons of STEM and apply them to problem solving in all areas of life in order to ensure a thriving economy in the future.

Guiding the students through the Dancing Gummy Worms experiment, reading a book called Ada Twist, Scientist, and guiding students through the IDEAL problem solving strategy are all ways I help students recognize the relevance of STEM to get them excited about participating fully in these courses.

Thank you to all of the schools that have welcomed me into their classrooms to share my message!

Miss Parade of Beauties 2017

Wow! What a busy yet AMAZING semester it has been! I am so excited to be competing in the Miss Mississippi pageant this summer in Vicksburg as Miss Parade of Beauties 2017! A spot opened up in the pageant, and after lots of prayer and thought, I decided to take advantage of this incredible opportunity andĀ compete. The pageant is June 21-24th. I am contestant #38 in Group C, so I will be competing in evening gown on Wednesday, swimsuit on Thursday and talent on Friday, and a new Miss Mississippi will be crowned that Saturday night! I cannot wait for this opportunity to promote my platform, STEM: A Blueprint for Problem Solving,Ā as well as the Children’s Miracle Network. Stay tuned for updates on my year as I visit schools and attend philanthropic events in the months to come!

Ole Miss Most Beautiful 2017

I had the amazing privilege of representing my sorority, Delta Delta Delta, in the 2017 Ole Miss Parade of Beauties, and I am so honored to have been crowned Ole Miss Most Beautiful 2017! I had a blast competing alongside 62Ā other amazing contestants. I am so excited for this phenomenal opportunity to represent the university that means so much to me this year! ā¤