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Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Cool Basil Trick from Foodie Friday

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(Yes I know it’s Thursday. I’m taking a day away from home with my sweetie while the tropical storm passes over. This is just what I wanted to share today.) I mentioned in that giant post I’m guessing virtually no one read all the way through yesterday that part of the blogging conference was a Foodie Friday event. We learned ... Read More »

The ABCs of AWBU

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A is for Arkansas, of course. It’s where most of us live, and where we gathered for a couple of days to celebrate this weird thing that we do. (It’s also for AllYou, a fun magazine you’ll find at Wal-Mart, which was one of our sponsors.) You couldn’t escape the beauty of our surroundings in Mountain View every time you ... Read More »

Cleanup Time with Mrs. Meyer’s

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I’m not a particularly good housekeeper, but I am trying to do better. Lately I’ve been trying to stick to a schedule of working in different rooms on different days of the week, as well as staying on top of the handwash dishes (mostly pots, pans and good knives) that seem to get out of control almost instantly. Monday is ... Read More »

Scenic Storytelling: My ARBU Wrapup, Part One

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I spent the weekend at the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged Conference, which brought together 70 women from all over the states (and one each from Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas) to learn, connect and have fun. We certainly did all of that and more. It was a crazy busy whirlwind of activity that was at times overwhelming, at times awesome, and ... Read More »

Overpacking and Oversnacking


When I was in high school, I had pretty simple tastes when it came to road trip snacking. When we’d load up the bus to go to the high school journalism convention (geek from way back, right here!) it was Funyuns, kiwi-strawberry Snapple and Violent Femmes on the boombox. The summer I worked in Oklahoma City, Zebra Cakes were my ... Read More »

Going Off the Grid

shape play tanagrams

A few months ago we did yet another toddler busy bag swap, and one of the items was a tanagram set with little pictures you’re supposed to try to line up the shapes like. The Bit has never played with it, but she found the shapes the other day when they got knocked off her art supply storage table (things ... Read More »

AWBU 2012: Not (Just) About the Boots!

I have mentioned before that I am attending the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged conference, which is coming up next weekend. I’m really excited to get to take some time to hang out with all these smart, sassy ladies, learn more about blogging, be reminded why I want to do it and spend some time in a pretty part of my ... Read More »

Cute Done Cheap: Tips for Shopping Consigment Sales

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Where I live, consignment sales for kids’ clothes are a big deal. There are several of them that happen in the spring and fall, but the big one is Rhea Lana, which is actually a “chain” of consignment sales that started in Arkansas and are now all over the place. I’ve been buying the Bit clothes at Rhea Lana since ... Read More »

How to Get Everything Done (Well, Almost) Part One

I decided last Monday that I needed to get a bunch of stuff done. I needed to start exercising again, and make about 17 phone calls, do some chores, send some e-mails and actually do some work, too. So I declared it Getting Things Done Day, and though I may not have scratched off all 16 things on my list, ... Read More »

My Muffin Tin Meal, Without the Muffin Tin

I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of muffin tin meals. The concept is simple: instead of presenting your toddler’s meal on a boring old plate or in a bowl, you put the individual components in muffin tin spaces (or you can use an array of the little individual silicone muffin “tins” instead). It exposes the kid to a variety ... Read More »

Smashing on a Small Scale: The Paper Bag Journal

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Back in June I wrote about trying to do more art journaling, and at some point I ended up buying a smash journal (the Retro SMASH Folio to be precise), thinking that would be easier than building something from scratch. The only thing is, I barely use it, and certainly not for smashing (I’ve doodled a little and done some ... Read More »