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Smartphones for Grandparents

This post is a bit of a departure from the norm – it’s a quick post about smartphones, and I’m obliged to tell you that it is part of a compensated post for the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® community so that you don’t wrongly get the impression that I’m trying to be sneaky and pull the…

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Extra Birthday Fun

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and it’s advertiser. #GiveExtraGum #shop This weekend we celebrated Sophie’s 10th birthday with a giant “party of the decade” (including a craft project using Extra gum as part of…

A likely kraken: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne (1870).  Also a fairly typical snapshot of life Chez Stephens.

On Ancient Sea Monsters, Wine, Super Powers & NickMom

I recently spent part of my evening swilling wine – yes, I know that part is not uncommon – and perusing the offerings at NickMom.com (as part of a sponsored post for the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community). My wine habit remains tragically unsponsored, which is shocking considering that I’m frequently told that my references to it in ratio…

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Start it up!

So, I’m excited to have some big (to me) news to share!  I’ve accepted an incredible opportunity to join the team at StartUp Cup | Global. I’ll still be working with clients through Magpie Marketing, which is an ideal way to stay connected to the front lines of entrepreneurs and the challenges and delights that…

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In Other Words

My long-suffering husband has joked {I don’t think he was joking} that I have such an excessive number of words to expend daily that I have to blog just to use them up. I suspect I would have run him off years ago if I didn’t have a few other outlets for my words, although…

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Photo Love {+ printing from Instagram}

I’ve realized recently that just about every great moment of our life over the last year or two has been captured on Instagram. I think it has officially become an affliction. Can’t. Stop. Filtering. So, I have waxed poetic before about how much I love Walgreens and, in particular, the mobile app – especially for…

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Summer Adventures + Goldfish Puffs

I mentioned recently that we are conducting Camp Stephens this summer as a way to better manager our days and avoid hours passing with all of us still in our PJs scowling and holding garlic up at the sunlight streaming through our windows. As a general rule, it’s been a smashing success. There’ve been library…

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A Picture-Perfect Valentine’s Day

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day: Walgreens has won my heart. Well, along with these two: There is a Walgreens located approximately 14 blocks from my house at the corner of Happy and Healthy (which happens to coincide with Walnut and Dixieland), and you have no idea how relieved I was when this became reality.…

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Standing Out From the Flock

There is a post up today over on Magpie Marketing about customer service, and why I will be a lifelong fan of David Sibley’s birding guides, Alfred A. Knopf Publishers and Andrew Stewart Publishers. I’m sure they will be delighted to know they will be my first pick when it is time for me to…

Standing Out From the Flock

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received some phenomenal customer service. It seems as though so often we’re willing to rant about the people who treat us poorly, but we often forget to speak up about the companies that are doing it right. Better yet, we can learn some great things from the individuals who…

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Nibbling on Cookie’s Kids

I had a fun opportunity recently to check out a business and share a little bit about my experience with you. I have to admit, before participating in this project I was not familiar with CookiesKids.com, but I’m certainly a new fan. CookiesKids.com is an online kids’ clothing and accessory department store. The site offers…

>A bit about the Fitbit: my new BFF.

Out With the Old, In With the New (Year)!

Happy new year! Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~ Benjamin Franklin 2013 is going to be a fantastic year. I love the quote above because it speaks to the idea that we are ever-evolving and always improving. So,…

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{TWELVE} Days of Christmas ~ Blog Crushes

Inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas, I’ve apparently felt the need to share some Twelvers (my concocted word for lists of twelve) to share with you this month. As if The Little Magpie weren’t already random enough… Oh! Quickly, though: let me tell you that Megan Dingwall was the winner of the Country Outfitter…

>Intensely Arkansas: Autumn Rituals

Defining Mission, Vision & Values

Sometimes, we get so darn busy just existing and doing that it’s hard to slow down and record it all.  This same irony accosts authors in the form of writer’s block, parents who wish they were better at keeping journals and scrapbooks, bloggers in need of inspiration and… yes, even those in the field of…

>Our Family Nature Alphabet

Jaden’s Doll Mall: Open for Business!

Paula & Terry Ryan are officially in business with the opening of Jaden’s Doll Mall! It was a treat to help them set up their website, e-commerce, Etsy shop, blog, e-newsletters and social media presence.  Watch for them at events this fall such as the Arts Center of the Ozarks American Girl Fashion Show and…

>More blogging resources!

Spotlight: Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

I’ve been fortunate to become acquainted with Lynnette Watts and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and to recently begin serving on the NWA Advisory Council.  This is an incredible woman and a fantastic organization – both are deserving of more awareness in northwest Arkansas and beyond. Consider learning more about the WFA and their efforts…

>Our Family Nature Alphabet

Growing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Normally, posts about parenting and life in general are confined to a personal blog, The Little Magpie.  However, the article below was shared with me in July by Tina Marconi, and I felt it was time to share it here.  As a parent, I’ve been guilty of not cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit in my child…

45 Fresh Blog Ideas and Prompts! (#AWBU)

45 Fresh Blog Ideas and Prompts! (#AWBU)

At the inaugural Arkansas Women Bloggers (#AWBU) conference in 2011, we suggested that the nearly 50 women in attendance stop by two giant white boards on the way to and from their cabins to share tips, tricks, resources and ideas.  The result was a plethora of tools and fresh perspective for bloggers to enact to…

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You came, you saw, you conquered: #AWBU

It’s tough to convey how much I loved every second of last weekend. In the middle of 2010, I assaulted the ladies (Steph, Julie & Fawn) of Arkansas Women Bloggers – a little site over on Blogspot at the time. Nada. Crickets. Months went by, and I mounted my assault again. Fawn called me, and…