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To The Moon

The girl is sitting next to me, and we’ve both taken our favorite (super soft!!) blankets and wrapped ourselves up in them – burrito-style – before carefully inserting ourselves beneath the covers. . It is 3 degrees outside in Arkansas on January 6. My husband reminisces that the last time he recalls such affronting cold…

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On Ducks, Bonnets & Gingham Dresses

I  love this framed print reminiscent of Holly Hobbie illustrations (which I, of course, searched to find official history and links – the character debuted in 1967 – and found very little, meaning I’m now curious and likely to rant more about this in the future).  It was a gift from my Mom when Ainsley…

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Why I Decided To Tri

This post is ten miles too long. But, sometimes you blog for the rest of the world, and sometimes you blog for yourself. When I first began babbling to friends and family about doing a triathlon *mumblemumble* years ago, most of them ignored me (per usual, since I am known for having a new passion…

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Reel to Reel

I beg, and they put me off for weeks but finally acquiesce. Dad digs out the projector and the boxes of slides in one Kodak box after another. Mom has me climb the step stool to reach up into the crevasses of the highest kitchen storage cabinet to fetch the old green monster for making…

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In the Lair of the Naturalist

When our oldest daughter started devouring the Spiderwick Chronicles, we dove in right alongside her. I was particularly riveted by the way Arthur Spiderwick’s office was depicted, all rife with leather-bound field journals and specimens and glass cloche domes covering interesting objects. It wasn’t the series that kicked off this interest, I’m afraid: it’s long-standing.…

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Idyll Summer

There is something about this painting, Summer Idyll c. 1889 by Charles Conder, that I love. It may speak to the idea of summer as it should be in my mind, or the hazy colors may simply shout at me. Regardless, I know that I approach most summers as a parent with equal parts enthusiasm…

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Building a Top Secret Fort Kit

This fun post about one of our favorite summer activity kits and unique ways to use Energizer Headlights is part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client, Energizer. My participation is compensated as part of the study, but I only participate in campaigns with products I believe in and would…

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Digital Justification

A friend and I had an interesting revelation the other day while visiting over coffee. The visiting over coffee part itself has become a really rewarding part of my life lately. I’ve been taking some breaks from consuming social media – I’ll still post “outbound” (i.e. taking a photo on my phone and posting it)…

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Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

Our family recently teamed up with Colgate and Champions for Kids to help deliver Bright Smiles, Bright Futures to kids in our community. We love the campaign concept, because dental care really is key to a healthy life. Growing up, visiting the dentist regularly was just part of life (along with the torturous braces and…

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These. Are. The days.

I used to walk (ok, hustle) to school in Wenatchee, Washington. First, down Orchard Street to Orchard Middle School after we first moved to the U.S. (and after the kids recovered from their shock that I was the new girl from Jamaica and yet my skin didn’t match their mental pictures). Then, from Utah Court…

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Seeking A Friend For The Scary Times

When I was in elementary school, we lived in Kingston, Jamaica. We moved back to the United States shortly after my dad was attacked in our garage on the way to work one morning by two men – one wielding a heavy metal pipe and the other a machete. In that impoverished country, it’s pretty…

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Safety First, Baby! {Giveaway}

Read on for a chance to win a $75 home/baby-proofing kit from Safety 1st and Healthy Families! I think I’ve turned into a bit of a preparedness nerd… not a doomsday prepper by any means, but prone to doing things like stocking emergency kits and asking for second floor fire escape ladders for our playroom…

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Pedicures & Parenting Moments

The nine year old is always after me to paint her nails. That moment, where she asks me to do that with her, is going to pass all too soon. We rush and rush through life, with me the consummate mom rushing her, like so: “Well, yes, we can paint your nails. But first, please…

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Dance Through the Holidays

We can pretty much close the books on November, which means that the final month of the year is upon us.  This seems to send people into varying degrees of panic, and it can definitely feel like the grim reaper calling: tasks to wrap up, new year’s resolutions unachieved, the holidays upon us… While I’ve…

Prompts & Muses, Ideas & Memories

I’ve always been taken with the idea of artists and writers and their muses. There was an article on Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols recently and the manner in which he creates much of his work around one actor’s particular attributes. I like the thought of something being created with that sort of focus… as opposed…

Blogs, coffee & the hitchin’

I mentioned this over at The Food Adventuress, but: my only sister is getting married this Saturday! Jo & Geoff’s Wedding This means lots of fun and lots of chaos (such as all those signs I need to paint today and a houseful of guests arriving tomorrow and the looming disaster of Ainsley as flower…