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Category Archives: Life

5 Tips for Helping Kids Transition to a New School

going to school

As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts are my own. The girl stayed home with me for almost the first two years of her life, and she was a pretty super clingy little one. That could be because she barely ever saw people outside of her family for the first ... Read More »

Shopping Local at the Mall

arkansas goodies shop local

Note: The Northwest Arkansas Mall provided me with a gift card to spend and one to give away as compensation for this post, but all thoughts are my own. What do you picture when you think about shopping local? If you’re like me, it might be a bustling downtown, a holiday craft show, a funky strip mall full of great ... Read More »

11 Tips for #FinancialPeace in 2015

capital one balck friday sale

All advertising these days seems to be about consumption, buying, spending, perhaps even going beyond your comfort level or your means to buy things that will supposedly make you or your family members happy. I’m all for cheer throughout the year, but I’m also for realism, and I fear that a lot of people literally buy into the idea that ... Read More »

Three Things to Do to Get Ready for a Holiday Break

Art/activity books are a great choice for school holidays and vacations.

We had our first snow this weekend, and though it didn’t cause a snow day, I’m suddenly thinking about the very real possibility that snow days are coming soon and the reality that the girl is home from school all next week and two weeks for winter break. With all that in mind I’ve been thinking about ways to prepare ... Read More »

My Reading Quest

the tale of genji

A couple of months ago, a couple of smart friends were talking about this book, The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. The book is about how people need quests in their lives to give them something beyond the day-to-day stuff to focus on. They were intrigued and wanted to do quests of their own. It ended up that a ... Read More »

What to Do Now

what to do when your candidate loses

I know a lot of people are upset about the election results. (I know a lot of people, aren’t, too, and this post is for you, too.) And I know talking politics on a blog about crafting seems like just a really bad idea, but I’m all about creating the life you want in every aspect, and I think we ... Read More »

Memories without Photographs

How do you remember without photographs?

At the grocery store this morning, the Billy Joel song “For the Longest Time” came on over the PA, and I was immediately transported back almost two decades to the Key Club regional convention of April 1995. There was a talent show, and one of the performers was an all-boy acapella group called The Argyles, which performed this song. (I ... Read More »

Art is Everywhere

plastic lila

Over the weekend I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers, to tour a relatively new exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Called State of the Art, it’s a collection of 227 works of art from 102 artists from around the country who were chosen as the curators traveled 100,000 miles to find art that was ... Read More »

In Which My Thoughts About Talking are Completely Validated

acorns make a difference.

As part of my brand ambassadorship with Better Beginnings, I was recently invited to attend part of the conference of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, a group of educators and parents whose focus is giving kids the best start possible. It was wonderful in a lot of ways — and I’ll be writing a lot more about it — but ... Read More »

How to Raise a Smart Kid, Part Two: Talk a Lot

tips for raising a cooperative child

As a brand ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. I told you the story about the girl telling her teacher that a butterfly doesn’t come from a cocoon but a chrysalis. And that I said she’s so smart in part because we read a lot. But we also talk ... Read More »