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Norman the Pig Appears in Bay St Louis Mississippi

Norman the Pig made an official appearance today with his owner, Ted Rozier, over in Old Town Bay St Louis. Norman is a young Micro-Pig who loves pork rinds, but don’t tell anybody! He also enjoys long walks with his owner and pal, Ted, (evenings by the fire, snuggling, and rainy days, too, maybe?!). Norman is a special breed of piggy hailing from up north, but like most snowbirds, he loves the Coast of Mississippi. He is a beautiful gray and white color, making him very noticeable from afar. The locals down in Old Town love seeing him and visit for while as he stops by the shops. Norman has made it his mission to befriend as many people as possible. So, no wonder Coastal90 writer, Joshua Holmes, loves hanging out with the beloved friend.  As far as we can tell he’s the sweetest guy we’ve encountered in awhile. He loves to root in the Mississippi grass and to hang out in the sunshine.

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Norman is a Micro-Pig and loves to have fun in the sun!

 

 

We love spending time with Norman when he’s on the Coast, so we hope you get to see him sometime too!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_pig

 

Team Fusion 364 Robotics on Mississippi Gulf Coast

The kids of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are innovative and robotic leaders for our future. That’s best represented in the work Team Fusion of Gulfport has done. Their talents seem to surpass our expectations of the classic science fair as they compete regionally and nationally this year. With a focus on the environment and the future, the young leaders aspire to leave the world better than they found it. Their robotics programs can be seen winning many awards and helping future innovation to become a reality.

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Team Fusion is a community robotics team that participates in the FIRST program and is run out of Gulfport High School in Gulfport, Mississippi. Founded in 1999 by David Fava, Team Fusion has grown to have over forty members from four different high schools. While also being successful in competition, Fusion is also successful with building connections in the community through community service projects in addition to spreading FIRST ideas such as “coopertition” and “gracious professionalism.” This program is great for helping students learn vocational skills that the robotics program can offer.

Mayor's Run
Mayor’s Run

Winning dozens of awards, The dream of FIRST Team Fusion is for every student to know the joy and empowerment of being involved with a FIRST Robotics team. Their mission is to inspire the next generation of problem-solvers and to instill in today’s youth the desire and ability to solve the challenges facing our world for the betterment of mankind.

Support from Team Fusion members’ parents is vital to ensure that they are encouraged to succeed in all that they do. One aspect is to be a part of the parent booster club, which is headed by Rusty Ramage. These programs help students learn, grow and succeed in today’s modern world.

For more information check out http://www.firstfusion364.com/

 

The Coast has the Most

On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, people are starting to cookout; people are starting to get together because the weather is getting nice! We have been out fishing, playing music, meeting friends and having a great time. The Mississippi Coast is a great place to have fun! Our family loves heading down to the beach.  I love my Orca Cooler being fully stocked and then heading by The Blind Tiger on the beach side of Bay St Louis for some dinner. We also love getting together with friends from out of town, having them come down to the water and just loving life! The Coast really has the Most.

Grab some reds and have a great time on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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On the Water in Old Town Bay St Louis, Mississippi.

Mississippi Coastal Mardi Gras will be here soon!

The coast of Mississippi celebrates Mardi Gras. In fact, from Mobile to the New Orleans area, you are sure to hear “throw me something, mister”! Along the Mississippi Gulf coast there are several Mardi Gras Parades from Waveland to Biloxi.  Each little community along the Gulf has its own parade, complete with their own flavor. Mississippi parades are often very family oriented and a great way to spend an afternoon. Parades can be caught around just about every town like Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Waveland, Biloxi, Gulfport and more.

Mardi Gras is a great time on the Coast of Mississippi
Mardi Gras is a great time on the Coast of Mississippi

What is your favorite Mississippi Mardi Gras parade?

Making your own liquid laundry detergent.

Living on the Coast of Mississippi with 2 very active kids, a puppy and a husband, we do lots of outdoor activities. We play sports, ride bikes along Waveland Beach, go to the splash pad, play in the sand, swim at the pool and so on. With all of this come a lot of…….CLOTHES WASHING!  Not where you thought I was going with this huh?! HA! Well, I have so many clothes, towels, swimsuits & various sports uniforms that pile up in my washroom. Because I  wash clothes everyday, I used a massive amount of detergent. This can become quite costly. The light bulb went off!  “Let’s make our OWN laundry soap” I told my husband with excitement!  I figured it would save me money & the aggravation of having to haul home those heavy bottles from our local club store. I loaded my husband and kids in the car and headed out to the store.  We were able to find everything at one store!  woot woot!

Bucket, Washing Soda, Fels-Naptha, Borax and a mixer blade to make laundry detergent.

Items required to make washing detergent at home.

Always wear eye protection and gloves when dealing with chemicals of any type.

This is what we got!

  • A five gallon bucket & lid (one time purchase)

  • A bar of Fels Naptha soap

  • A box of Borax

  • A box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

 

Once we were back at home, we immediately got to making the laundry soap.  It took no time at all. Within 30 minutes, we had our first batch of detergent.  I was so excited!  I could not wait to use it!  It worked just as well as any of the brand name soaps and was a fraction of the cost. It no longer pains me to fill that little measuring cup of liquid soap on a daily basis.

Besides water here are the three main ingredients in home made laundry detergent.
Clothes washing detergent from water and 3 base products.

By the way….you can get started on this for about $12!  Yep…that’s all!  The second batch of laundry soap and every batch after that will cost even less since you won’t have to buy the bucket again!

Here’s what you do to make home made laundry detergent:

  1. Grate the whole bar of Fels Naptha soap. I used a regular box cheese grater.

  2. Put the grated soap bar in a pot of hot water and continue to heat on medium low until all soap chunks are dissolved.  The soapy water will be a bit foamy.

  3. Fill the five gallon bucket half full with hot water.

  4. Pour in the hot soapy water mixture.

  5. Add 1 cup Super Washing Soda.

  6. Add ½ cup Borax (I sometimes add as much as a cup).

  7. Stir that up.  A long wooden paint stirrer works well.  You can also use a paint stirrer that attaches to a power drill. Use whatever you have.

  8. Fill the bucket up to the top with more water. Give it another quick stir.  Snap the lid on.

  9. Let it sit overnight.

The next day you can fill up your containers with the soap.  I saved my old bottle of laundry detergent to fill, but you can use anything you wish (milk jugs, etc.). I leave the rest of the soap in the five gallon bucket until I am ready to transfer it.

 

Happy Washing Y’all!

UFO appears in Coastal90 Mississippi Photo from July 4th

Look at the blurry thing in the sky. I am not sure what we caught in this image. I posted the image taken only a second before this photo so you can see the progression from frame to frame. I am not sure if this is a UFO or something else. Thought it was interesting because it kind of resembles an airplane. Odd that it is only found in one frame of the beach photos. Notice the wake on the boat for timing and also the person drinking from a glass on the right. 

Notice the blur in the sky, is this a UFO off the Mississippi Gulf Coast?

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